RUFF, the newest album from Born Ruffians, is an exploration into self and aesthetics that you will want to tag along for. It’s a collection of scrubbed raw anthems that are defiantly optimistic, imaginatively arranged, and performed with a sense of bloodlust. In contrast to previous records from this Canada-based quartet, RUFF is simultaneously a return to form and a departure from convention. It is at once a culmination and a disassembly of the band’s history and dynamics. The album took shape from a singular focus on the work itself, and exploration into the relation of candor, immediacy and art.