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Published on November 16th, 2019 | by Marilyn Reles


Somber Moods & Nightlife: Electro Pop Artist Ruuth Delivers Ethereal Vocals With “Afterparties”

“Afterparties, we’re still lonely, missing out on sober, friends who save us, from the bad rush, hate on me I’m no one” sings emerging pop artist Ruuth as she reflects on the unique loneliness welcomed only by an after party. Her moody vocal, comparable to that of Billie Eilish, invites listeners into her melancholic state, making the best of a situation where she feels far away from those around her. Refreshingly backed by guitar, which is heard progressively less in mainstream pop, the chords partner perfectly with the ebbs and flows of downbeat and dance-able. While up to interpretation, the track seems to depict a culture similar to that of Los Angeles where an artist is one of millions, waiting for someone to care. The chase is inevitable; self-reflection can catch you at inopportune moments (an after party for instance) when one should be vibrant and alive yet feels repetitive, tired, but willing to see the bright side. The important part about this song is its relatable-nature. It’s no secret that many people have been exactly where Ruuth stands as she paints a clear picture with simple, yet effective lyrics.

“Put me on the spot and I mess up, you’re making me uncomfortable, why am I talking to you when I got, real friends I could’ve should’ve stayed loyal to but, I’m here with you.” In this scenario, the choice to attend a party in hopes of meeting someone who could help her meet another valuable stranger  trumps her meet-up with friends. When these moments become too forced, it’s hard not to reflect on the people left at home who she knows can lift her mood. What I take away from her message is the importance of being grounded while weaving through the schmoozing and the small talk. “Afterparties” is sure to make you think and even surer to make you dance.

Born Alina Paulsen, Ruuth hails from the northern island of Wyk auf Föhr in Germany. She now spends most of her time between Sweden, Norway, New York City, Los Angeles, and Berlin, writing music with the likes of Micah Premnath (Selena Gomez, Felix Jaehn), Albin Nedler (Avicii, Martin Garrix), Emmit Fenn (Billie Eilish, Gallant), Graham Candy (Robin Schulz, Alle Farben), and many others. ‘Afterparties’ was written by Ruuth and MADFUN (Kygo, Ellie Goulding), with production by Yann Lauren.

A music video for the track will follow the single release in early December. This is the first release off of Ruuth’s upcoming EP, All My Friends, expected March 2020. Be sure to listen to Ruuth on Spotify and follow her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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