Leeds-born newcomer Ruby Duff has been writing songs since she was 12 years old, having first started music at the age of four. But rather than sitting down for sessions, Ruby says melodies mainly come to her in dreams, which she then plays out on the piano “before the traces disappear.”
Her inspirations are as wide-ranging as her unconventional writing process suggests – Ruby says she “lives the life of Alice in Wonderland”, is obsessed with the dreamworlds of Salvador Dali and cites studio smack’s digital reimagination of Hieronymus Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights as the key to “understanding who I am as a person and how my mind works.” She also surfs, boxes and dances, and highlights Judy Garland, Reese’s Pieces and elephants amongst her favourites too.
Featuring the kind of classical operatics you don’t hear every day on the radio, her latest single “Moon and Back” is inspired by the lullabies we all heard as kids. “I have learnt that life is a piece of art,” she explains: “It paints a picture that we are all part of… A story we can all tell… A lullaby that we can all hum… Moon and Back.”
Listen to the track below, and look out for Ruby’s debut EP, due later this year.