“SONG FOR EWE”
with TALULLAH RUFF
“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists & music people beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day. Today it’s the turn of someone new to the zine, a NYC based singer-songwriter about to release her debut EP “What Is Honest”.
Accompanied by shuffling brush drums and tinkling art noir piano, this is late night, bottom of the glass stuff, like Tindersticks, Jeff Buckley and Tom Waits except with a voice of bittersweet honey and operatic potential like Anna Calvi with the lyrical maturity at a youthful vintage of Alison Moyet or the heart on puff sleeve of Martha Wainwright. I’m chuffed to introduce to you the blue glow, and on ice spine chilling nature of Talullah Ruff!
Here’s a sneak peak of the EP…
A truly intriguing new artist, I was keen to see what treat she’d chosen as her “song for ewe”, and it’s far from a diamond in the ruff…
“I first heard the song “Silicone Veil” by Susanne Sundfør four or five years ago on the radio. I think she has gained rightful popularity since “The Silicone Veil”‘s release in 2012, however, when I first heard her abrasive, oddly captivating voice singing, “I’m a larva wrapped in silk / I am dying in burning flesh,” over the stirring harp part, it was honestly like nothing I’d ever heard before. When I heard the pulse come in for the first time with all of the synths and chimes, it was flooring then and it gets to me every time now: the harshness mixed with the chilling chord changes and ethereal chimes, topped off by her astronomical notes.
Her lyrics are masterful and dare I say iconic: they create vivid imagery while also conveying steady emotion and messages throughout the song that unsettle you when you catch the words.
It’s a song that has a lot going on, and people say that songs can have complicated lyrics but then the chords/arrangement should be more simplistic, or vice versa, but Sundfør proves that you can achieve worlds within the space of five minutes. – Talullah Ruff”
THANKS TO TALLULAH & TO RACHEL ROSSEN OF TELL ALL YOUR FRIENDS PR