Album cover artwork for vinyl record The RubensThe Rubens planned to release their fourth album last year. But then the world changed. “I’m falling through nothing,” Sam Margin sings in stand-out track Heavy Weather. “I’m losing my time; that darkness is coming.”

But The Rubens survived, confident and assured, emerging with a classy collection of tunes that document a topsy-turvy year. Self-produced, the songs have a distinct pop sheen, though the cruisy vibe often belies a darker edge – check out Holiday and Explosions. There’s no doubt 0202 is going to be a big album in Australia in 2021, and here’s hoping The Rubens can generate some overdue international action. “All the world is listening,” Margin sings. And The Rubens are ready.

02020 by The Rubens is out February 12 via Ivy League.

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