Ruby Gill’s debut album I’m gonna die with this frown on my face is the audial equivalent of a comforting cup of tea. It draws you in with an undeniable warmth that seeps into your very core as you sip on each song. A truly compelling songwriter, Gill has a way with words, just as much as her honeyed vocals have a way of captivating even the most listless of listeners – and the combination of the two is something quite special.
Comprising twelve tracks – each one spilling seamlessly into the next – the album, while the perfect length, feels like it should go on forever given how easily you can lose yourself in Gill’s world of mellifluous musings. Opening with the achingly beautiful “I forgot to be profound today”, I’m gonna die with this frown on my face largely oscillates between soft piano and guitar-led melodies – while the occasional anthemic-leaning track injects an air of effervescence into the listening experience. It’s the more pared-back sound, however, that gives you the chance to really listen to the thought-provoking lyricism which characterises her songs.
Gill delves into varied topics, from introversion and exploring loss, to political policies, and even birds, with poetic prowess – and she employs her striking vocals in a way that truly breathes life into her lyrics. I’m gonna die with this frown on my face is an ode to being human and you would be remiss not to take the time to listen to this offering from start to finish.
Feature pic by Al Parkinson