– by Hannah Nissen
This fiery debut album from the flame-haired, fierce Ruby Boots is a fervently raw, yet humbly refined journey to the heart and soul of isolation, heartache, fear, and the prosperity of conquering that. An alternate blend of Australian rock and American country, Solitude is a whiskey-soaked amalgamation of the stunning vocals and seamless songwriting from Perth-based singer Bex Chilcott. Recording 10 tracks over nine months, Solitude features the likes of Vicki Thorn and Davey Lane, and features crisp production from Tony Buchen, Anna Laverty, as well as Bill Chambers.
The album opens with ‘Cola and Wine’. The catchy hook sets the alehouse scene, with just enough twang to stir the wild heart in all of us, combined with laid-back lyrics, it initiates the album with the comfort of familiarity.
The transition of the melancholic steel guitar in ‘Ruby Blues’ to the third track ‘Middle of Nowhere’, strengthens the vulnerability of it, and radiates deep emotions. This was my favorite track on the album. The lingering guitar carries such weight with it and transmits fear of the unknown.
Flowing naturally through heartbreak and stripped back, yet concise lyrics, the fifth track invites fun, country roots in a duet with musician and album producer Jordie Lane. It advocates the poetic line “But lying to yourself’s the hardest part”.
The album titled track ‘Solitude’ offers reflective soul in its simple melody, and the opportune realizations that follow are both deeply moving and empowering. The progression to the closing track emits a soulful tempo, and this revelry is a resonating ode to overcoming apprehension and welcoming solitude.
The adept journey in this album is unique, the production is clean, the lyrics are pure, and the voice is a beautiful balance of gritty strength and clean echo. This auburn beauty will be launching the album May 15th at The Rosemount Hotel, and whether you are a country-rock fan or not, I recommend that you saddle up for a bumpy, but well-worthwhile ride.
Photo Credit: Ruby Boots