RUTH GARBUS- Alive People ORD-73

Release date: August 25, 2023
Vinyl edition delayed until September!

Songs are awake when you sing them. Electricity flows between the performer and the performee: Alive People. It feels and vibrates in front of a velvet curtain, and all the way to the back of the club. Electricity flows through the board and the amps and the mics. The whole room is a body of different kinds of waves and they become one thing.

To capture that, and then be able to take those clean tapes – direct – and get them mixed by Justin Pizzoferrato like they were printed in a soundproof recording cave…that creates the potential for magic. A glittering, frontal, activated, sumptuous play emerging from the wave of a misty sparkler.

Ruth Garbus’s Alive People is a studio album full of underground anthems for sensitive people of all ages that happened to be recorded in a club with an audience of a hundred.

In between the compositions are interstitial improvisations that happened on stage during the performance. These are not presented in sequence. It’s not a lesser copy of a moving experience. It’s an echoing recreation, traveling-out photons bent thru and into a pastel rainbow.

Ruth was joined on stage at different points by collaborators: elie mcafee-hahn on synth and bass, Julie Bodian on atypical guitars, Julia Tadlock on voice and presence. Nick Bisceglia engineered, with Ruth’s two vocal mics taped together, the room split to its mid and sides, the pop filter a matte circle in front of the shimmering curtain.

Raising the wand and looking up you see on one side an evergreen, on the other a childhood bedroom, and in between Alive People.

All the compositions on Alive People are by Ruth Garbus (b. 1981), a resident of Brattleboro, VT. Other current projects include Earth Flower and Gloyd.


  1. Julia (0:06)
  2. Mono No Aware (5:57)
  3. Healthy Gamer (6:21)
  4. Somerset Rind (0:34)
  5. Rubber Tree (4:05)
  6. A Philosophicall Key (0:55)
  7. Whisper in Steel (5:01)
  8. Waiting on the Sun (3:35)
  9. Powder of Sympathy (0:38)
  10. Pastel Umbrella (3:20)
  11. Sports (4:22)
  12. Reenchantment of the World (3:57)
  13. Jessie Farms Nothing (1:09)
  14. Pressing Information

    Vinyl edition:
    160 gram vinyl LPs with full color photo labels in poly-lined innersleeves & extra heavyweight, full color photo jackets with complete album lyrics. Cover art by Audrey Weber, design by Jess Jones. 13 tracks, 40 minutes.

    300 copies on classic black vinyl
    450 copies on cotton candy pink vinyl
    50 copies on transparent pink vinyl (tour only)

    Vinyl manufactured by Smashed Plastic in Chicago, IL

    Vinyl delayed until September!

    CD edition:
    Professionally replicated compact discs packaged in 6-panel, full color photo wallets with complete album lyrics. Cover art by Audrey Weber, design by Jess Jones. 13 tracks, 40 minutes.

    500 copies.

    CDs manufactured by Disk Makers in Pennsauken, NJ.

    Alive People LPs & CDs are distributed by The Business.