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Album news: Don’t Talk About It by Ruby Boots

Ruby Boots_Album_Cover_Don't_Talk_About_It.jpegRuby Boots started her musical trajectory in Perth and it has taken her all the way to Nashville, where she is now resident – although paradoxically that trajectory has also taken her somewhat away from country music and towards rock.

Her new album, Don’t Talk About It, is indeed a rock record but the structure and storytelling of country music are apparent in its ten distinct and beautifully formed songs. Also apparent is her rock lineage, but not in a way that suggests appropriation so much as interpretation. All artists have influences, and one of Boots’s talents is that she’s able to find the alchemy in those influences and create something that is wholly her.

Don’t Talk About It is out now.

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Ruby Boots will play some dates in Australia in May. For details:

www.rubybootsmusic.com

 

Single release: ‘It’s So Cruel’ by Ruby Boots

As a big fan of Ruby Boots’s 2015 debut album, Solitude, I was very pleased to see news of her new single, ‘It’s So Cruel’, from her forthcoming long player Don’t Talk About It (to be released in February).

The new song is more rock than country – just to manage the expectations of those who like their country country – but it is very much Boots, with all the vim and vigour of the songs of Solitude. Along with the other songs on the new album, it was written and recorded in Nashville, made possible when Boots received the 2016 Australia Council Songwriting Award Nashville Residency.

Watch the video for ‘It’s So Cruel’ on YouTube.

Album review: Solitude by Ruby Boots

After hearing ‘Middle of Nowhere’, the first single from Ruby Boots’s new album, Solitude, I was very much looking forward to hearing the other songs – Boots’s voice has a siren’s-call thing going on and I was in hook, line and sinker from the first notes. 

So expectations were high and it’s always lovely when they aren’t disappointed, as has been the case here. Boots – a.k.a. Bex Chilcott – sings with passion and aplomb, and these ten tracks make up a body of work which suggests that Chilcott takes her songwriting seriously.

There is emotion in these songs but it’s not raw so much as naked. In this respect Chilcott is reminiscent of Janis Joplin – not in her singing style, which isn’t as polarising, shall we say, as Joplin’s. What’s reminiscent of Joplin is Chilcott’s heart and her lack of self-consciousness in singing about loneliness, when the loneliness isn’t in the lyrics so much as they way they’re sung. Which isn’t to say that there isn’t fun on this album – ‘Baby Pull Over’ is one instance of it. And it’s also not to say that Chilcott is singing about her own loneliness. She’s just willing to stand before the listener and express it, and that takes courage. 

These songs cry out for a cold afternoon by a fire and nowhere else to be, so you can play the album in full over and over (as I’ve done). Yet they’re also songs which sound as if they’re being sung from a fencepost across a vast expanse of land and sky. In other words: they’re urban and rural all at the same time, and that’s probably been achieved because Chilcott has respected the roots of the genre she’s in while finding a way to translate that genre to a contemporary audience. It’s one of the challenges – and gifts – of contemporary Australian country artists who fit the ‘alt country’ tag: their respect for country music is deep yet they seem to realise that it does need some adapting to audiences who would say they don’t care about country music if asked a direct question. Chilcott cares about country music and she cares about her audience. It’s a great combination.


Solitude (Lost Highway Australia) is out now.