Our Song of the Day comes from Ruth Gordon, a multi-instrumentalist and lyricist who offers a new poetic twist on contemporary folk, with her own blend of the bizarre, the uncanny, the humorous, and the bittersweet. If you’re new to Ruth’s music then we urge you to investigate more, we think she’s pretty amazing, and if you love the sound of Rachel Dadd and This is the Kit then you’ll love Ruth. Watch her video for Aren’t We Water? which features some great stop motion animation…a real community effort which you can read about below.
Ruth shared the following about the song and video:
‘Aren’t we water’ is a song about the changeability and blindness of human beings, and about how we can only succeed by being ‘bricks and mortar’ and coming together. So it’s fitting that both the recording of the song and video are community efforts. The song was recorded at the Barebones Collective DIY recording studio in Bristol, which is run by Anna Kissell and Ruth Gordon. The video was spontaneously filmed on a tiny island in Orkney at a summer solstice gathering organised by a group of friends. Everything was unplanned, evolving with the tide, the wind, and the beach. It was only later that the island footage came together with the song, which is featured on Ruth’s self-recorded debut album It Sails, released in October 2016.
Ruth Gordon and the Roof Gardeners are:
Ruth Gordon: Banjo, Vocals
Anna Kissell: Violin
Rory Smith: Double Bass
Tom Fox: Sousaphone
Gary Rendle: Drums and Percussion
Stop Motion Animation created and filmed by Phil Knox, Bazil Sansom, Harriet Sansom, Stephanie Pierzchala, Hollie Lewis, Angie Cheung, Andrew Lewis Littlejohn, Marta El, Polly Roberts, Victoria Pearce, and Jennifer Wren.
Order it here: http://www.ruthgordonmusic.com/music/