I haven’t been able to find any mention of Roman Ruins’ incredible album without seeing a mention that songwriter/producer Graham Hill is the touring drummer and contributing member of slow-is-good indie darlings Beach House, so far be it from me to neglect its mention. Honestly, though, I think the mention of that Baltimore band is nice in establishing a bit of context for Roman Ruins’ entrancing debut album. The music is complex and detailed, driving but not aggressive. At different volumes, it takes on a very different character; it’s mellow when quiet but intense when blasted. The music also reminds me of the work of another drummer turned songwriter: Phil Collins. His early solo work was intensely personal, and his music was progressive but belied obvious pop instincts. I think Hill’s music on Homebuilding contains some of the same spirit, though obviously without the heavily gated snare drum or the overt cheesiness that Phil Collins tends to achieve nowadays. The album flows very well (the LP lacks track breaks, even), and touches on stylistic touchstones as diverse as Animal Collective, George Harrison and Yaz. This is really one of the better albums that has come out in 2012, free or not.