An album thick with joyous beats, infectious melodies and lyrics that spin disappointment and desolation into revelatory moments, Ruby The Rabbitfoot's Divorce Party, will be released in August 2016 on Normaltown Records. Produced by Andy LeMaster (Bright Eyes, Azure Ray) and inspired by intense heartbreak, the record is a celebration of life after loss, and the creative renewal that comes from finding light amongst the darkness. The process of creating Divorce Party took nearly two years from start to finish – after her sophomore album, 2014's New As Dew, she embarked on a artistic journey that took her everywhere from Georgia to California, where she met collaborator Natalie Neal, who became an instrumental partner in expressing her vision.
Though this album was written after a particular romantic transition, Ruby is not the kind of artist who stays stagnant, anyhow. For this record, she immersed herself deeply into pop music and hip-hop, listening constantly to everything from Beyoncé to Taylor Swift and Fiona Apple. Ruby took the songs down to Athens, Georgia with LeMaster, working with an innovative goal in mind and a new, playful approach to composition, a departure from the more indie folk-pop of her previous two albums. "I wanted more of a pop-sounding record," she says. "I'm a songwriter first and foremost, and I think in the past it's been my nature to pick up the guitar. But I love pop music, rap and R&B. So I had a heavier hand and vision in the style I wanted this time. I learned how to make beats, and learned so much from working with Andy. He has the same love of pop music, and is fearless."
That love is clear in songs like "Faucet Love" and "Ancil," which both manage to be stirring and addictive, melding the stickiness of a pop record with experimentation – via unexpected horns or skittish rhythm - that could only be tackled by someone who knows no real boundaries. And then there are also moments like "Wish," with a slow-burned eighties vibe, that puts on full display the complexities within her vocal range. On "I Hate You" Ruby marries beats and an upbeat melody with some deeply cutting lyrics.
"I want this to be a soundtrack for anyone going through a transition," Ruby says of Divorce Party. "Even though there's this connotation of disruption and heartbreak, divorce parties have a celebratory energy. Every person that we love teaches us, so when it's time to part ways I think it's beautiful to appreciate everything we've gained from the experience. I wrote these songs in a period of separation from a love. I want to release them into the world as a celebration of all that I learned during that time. It's my Divorce Party!"