𝘼𝙡𝙞𝙫𝙚 𝙋𝙚𝙤𝙥𝙡𝙚 by Ruth Garbus is out now! 25 Aug 2023
From Rosy Overdrive's review:
"Brattleboro, Vermont’s Ruth Garbus has released a half-dozen or so albums and EPs since their 2006 debut album, Ruthie’s Requests. Their newest record, Alive People, is their first since 2019’s Kleinmeister, and (reflectent of its title) was record live last year at 10 Forward in Greenfield, Massachusetts. With help from bassist/synth player elie mcafee-hahn, guitarist Julie Bodian, and vocalist Julia Tadlock, Garbus performs a set of slow-moving, synth-and-guitar-led songs containing elements of folk and pop but without cleanly falling into either category. Interspersed between nine “proper” songs, improvisational pieces of music and a brief spoken word piece from Tadlock round out Alive People by particularly capturing the live and public nature of its initial recording."
From Pitchfork's preview:
"The experimental folk songwriter Ruth Garbus announced her new album, Alive People, with two singles, “Mono No Aware” and “Healthy Gamer.” The latter is a meditation on gaming culture, searching for meaning in the “digital thunderdome,” a pursuit with which Garbus sympathizes over penetrating keyboard pulses and a metronomic drum machine. (Garbus herself has “only played Ocarina of Time,” she conceded in a press release, but found it a “wonderful experience.”) The rest of the Kleinmeister follow-up combines wry ballads and self-help pearls over playful guitar and synth."
Order your copy of Alive People on cotton candy pink vinyl LP, classic black vinyl LP, compact disc or digital formats HERE.
Finally, Ruth Garbus is playing three album release shows in California, including a September 10 Orindal Records showcase in Los Angeles with Dear Nora & Duffy x Uhlmann (the new instrumental project by Meg Duffy & Gregory Uhlmann of Hand Habits). Don't miss Ruth!
RUTH GARBUS LIVE & IN PERSON
Sept 02, 2023- Oakland, CA @ Martial Arts (w/ Stephen Steinbrink's Disappearing Coin Band)
Sept 03, 2023- Santa Cruz, CA @ 823 Hanover St (2PM-5PM garden show w/ Garden of Spaces & Leshy)
Sept 10, 2023- Los Angeles, CA @ 2220 Arts & Archives (w/ Dear Nora & Duffy x Uhlmann)