The bittersweet and breathtaking music video from singer/songwriter Emma Ruth Rundle’s new album, Marked For Death, has surfaced today; watch “Real Big Sky” here:
Marked For Death will be released on September 30th on Sargent House. The album mines feelings of loss, defeat, heartache and self-destructiveness and emerges as Emma Ruth Rundle’s most honest and compelling accomplishment to date. The album finds her emerging as a performer of naked intensity; she shapes vast, evocative landscapes of sound, combining them with lyrics of devastating candor. Self-determination and resiliency, disguised in this case as coming to terms with overwhelming defeat, are key aspects of her personality. Transforming pain into works of great beauty makes her the compelling artist she is. A more adventurous production than her solo debut Some Heavy Ocean (2014, Sargent House), the eight compositions on Marked for Death, helmed by engineer/co-producer Sonny DiPerri, emphasize dynamics and vocal melodies, variable tuning, and a dense layering and texturing of guitars. Nevertheless, fear and self-doubt linger in the shadows of Rundle’s mind, providing an incessant counterpoint to her ambitious talent and sultry, albeit de-emphasized, allure.