In speaking with Stereogum’s Emma Madden about the recording of her forthcoming fifth solo effort Engine of Hell, Tori Amos and her early classic Boys for Pele came up a few times as an influence on Emma Ruth Rundle’s latest album. That felt like it might be the case between the angels and the demons of its stark piano ballad lead single “Return”, and is even more so the case on its latest preview “Blooms of Oblivion”.
Many artists have drawn intersect with Amos’ work in critique, but Rundle’s tutelage seems more than just purely devotional, as her own singular pain thrives in the creation of the music itself. This time, “Blooms of Oblivion” quietly in the raw boards of an acoustic guitar as her words tower with imagery culled from her darkest days as a child. “Down at the methadone clinic we waited / hoping to take home your cure / The curdling cowards, the crackle of china / You say that its making you pure,” her voice timbres through the crevices and creaks.
Rundle co-directed the song’s music video alongside John Bradburn which symbolically channels those memories. “In the video I use an oversized coat to represent an oversized and burdening experience for the little girl. The feeling of being free falling in chaos. Having no control over your circumstances. The song and video describe the feelings I had as a little girl and how that’s shaped who I have become -- negotiating with my past and waking to the woman I strive to become through self-love, self parenting and forgiveness and the transformation that it can bring.” Rundles “Oblivion” awaits below...
Emma Ruth Rundle’s Engine of Hell will be released November 5th on Sargent House.
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Finally got to visit an old map I haven't worked on in a while! A very good friend also taught me how to make the walls outdoors, and hoorah!
Can't wait to include a sneak peek of this in the mall campaign! Which... is undergoing heavy nav_mesh issues.
This man is single-handedly wearing down my internal resistance to acknowledging the name 'Bill Bailey' for chorus Tugger in the US revival.
(best thing about him: his wiggles)
Zach Bravo, with Jonathan Gorst on the keyboard; US tour, 16 October 2021.