the debut album: older

There is seldom a debut album so full of life and simultaneously skeletal that it inflates your heart and breaks your bones and changes something in you upon first listen. Ruby Gill’s Older is a two­part, 12­ song journey of brightly coloured paint stains and pencil lines. Like the LPs of yesteryear, 6 songs live in each half. A distinctive set of lungs soar through powerful set of dark, pulsing introspections, marrying a definitive musical complexity and lyrical sharpness with a universal, memorable appeal.

The A­side is moving and massive in its exploding choruses and dark chocolate verses. Vibrant, soaring hooks and a mellow, bitter piano forms the undercurrent of Ruby’s soundscape. The t­shirts of a disillusioned, destructive relationship are thrown out the bedroom window, and the dark is silver­lined with mellow, star­spotted skies. Quintuple­time explorations of privilege carve shallow scenes into the woodwork of society. These anthems are decomposing and alive, aging graceful in their heartbreak and joy.

A goosebump­covered B­side is filled with gentle, perfect songwriting. A stomach full of butterflies as a sultry, naked voice falls in love. A pillow fort in the living room. Hymns of longing and loss – intimate stories more recognisable than the universal seasons they explore. The earth rotates into its final stark quarter, and you whisper to someone in the aftermath of this album that you love them.

Older is a soundtrack to the human condition, desperate, exuberant, resigned and ultimately beautiful. Ruby Gill will carve a steady path into the Earth’s musical spaces with her piano and her orchestra of bigness and smallness.

pre-order: older

pre-order ruby gill's debut double-sided album, older now on itunes.

The long-awaited album is full of life and simultaneously skeletal that it inflates your heart and breaks your bones and changes something in you upon first listen. Ruby Gill’s Older is a two-part, 12-song journey of brightly coloured paint stains and pencil lines. Like the LPs of yesteryear, 6 songs live in each half. A distinctive set of lungs soar through powerful set of dark, pulsing introspections, marrying a definitive musical complexity and lyrical sharpness with a universal, memorable appeal.

new music video: fault

ruby gill spent ten minutes in a vredehoek forest whilst on tour in cape town with josh hundermark films, and they made a video for fault.

new release: fault / missing in japan

"Fault / Missing in Japan" is the first double-sided single release of Ruby Gill's upcoming debut studio album. The dark, angst-ridden energy of "Fault" is shaped by pulsing synths and intricate percussion that moves one to stand and dance in cathartic timing. The songs fills the room with self-realization, a profound understanding of the fullness and darkness of relationships, and hints at a feminist stand that all young women need to take.

"Missing in Japan" is the stripped, skeletal answer to "Fault" - an exploration of the catastrophic tsunami in Japan (2011) in music, and the relative tsunami of a break-up (2015) in lyrics. The flowing, complex piano provides the undercurrent to an expertly woven story of longing and loss, and how to take back control when everything around you comes crashing down. Harmonies and silvery synths ebb and flow around the song's core.

This single is the first of what is to be a heart-tearing, foot-tapping, epiphany-inducing debut album from the quirky songwriter. Ruby Gill's honest and beautifully-woven lyricism, harmonies and effortless musical expertise will be the soundtrack to this generation's attempt at adult-ing, with all the lightness, and heaviness, of human folly.

new release: autumn

whilst touring cape town, ruby stopped in at popsicle.tv to record autumn, a song off her upcoming album. this song has reached audiences around the country in tangibly moving ways, and its public release has been a long time coming. read more about the live session with popsicle studios here.

fault: apeiron review

"Ruby’s carving her own brand of a multi-faceted songstress with haunting vocals and lyrics that linger long after the show is done."

read the review here.

oppikoppi

this was ruby's third consecutive year playing at south africa's biggest music festival. the line-up was full of the best of our local music scene, as well as a few international favourites.

ruby was on the top bar stage on sunday the 7th of august.here.

live in cape town

ruby gill toured cape town for the first time in early july. five intimate solo shows across the city, accompanied by various local acts, introduced ruby's mother city audiences to the magic of her live shows.

thank you to everyone who joined her on this misty, mountainous adventure. see some pictures and things here.

winter: why-ed review

"Ruby Gill is a performer in South Africa. Her latest music video release for her single ‘Winter’ is a journey in emotions and heartfelt melodies. Ons is smoorverlief op die liedjie en versoek almal wat ‘n liefde het vir poëtiese lirieke en ‘n asemrowende stem om dadelik aandag te gee aan Ruby. Sy het al by Splashy Fen en Lush haar emosies in musiek verander, en is tans besig met ‘n toer in Suid-Afrika. Kyk gerus en verloor jouself in haar melodie."

read the review here.

new release: winter

ruby gill's debut single is here. winter launches a new season in ruby gill's career, after years of discovery and adventure in the realms of writing and performance. every honest note accompanies a new-found appreciation for the infinity of art and sound, and the power to allow moments and emotions to live forever within music. thank you for being a part of this adventure.

winter: a photoshoot

south african adventure photographer, judith belle, spent a day in ruby's childhood garden, capturing the leaves and light that ruby grew up with.

'we had a golden and creative afternoon creating beautiful imagery and having random conversations. it’s great to work on something different, experimental and completely unrestricted.' - judith belle.

see the full photoshoot here.

winter: texx and the city review

"Ruby Gill has recently been enchanting audiences around the country with her mesmerising vocals and captivating melodies. her latest music video release for her single, winter, is a melting pot of emotions."

read the review here.

megazone hit radio: an interview

"gorgeous singer songwriter Ruby Gill came to chat with Abi Ray. she's currently in the middle of her Almost Winter Tour, she chats about how that's going as well as her brand new single and how different it is from her usual music. find out what makes her a pluviophile and what other adventures she's been on recently."

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