Music

Scott Ruth - "Are You There" (audio) (premiere)

Scott Ruth soars in his pleas for love on this Noah Gundersen-produced Americana song.

Rolling in with a moody synth and the melodic clanging of keys, Scott Ruth’s “Are You There” evokes a hearty roots rock vibe right from its opening moments. Lyrically, the song contains undertones of a melancholy yearning and sadness for a love that once shone bright, culminating with a soaring bridge where Ruth repeatedly pleads with the subject of his song, “Are you still there?”

It’s a driving piano rock track reminiscent of Bruce Springsteen, and it was produced by one of Americana’s current greats to boot.

“Noah Gundersen is such an amazingly talented musician and songwriter, so getting the chance to work with him on this track was a no-brainer,” says Ruth. “We've been friends for a little while now, and I've always thought how great it'd be to get us together in the same room for something, someday.”

He continues:

“This felt like the right time to bring him in as a producer, and I'm so glad I did. ‘Are You There’ is a pretty old song that I've been sitting on for a while and Noah was able to help me look at it from a different perspective and make it new again. It's nice when someone can pull that out of you. After writing, re-writing and demoing a song so many times, it's easy to lose touch with the original idea or emotion of the song. This was also my first time not self-producing a project, and he made it such a comfortable, collaborative working environment, it was very easy for me to relinquish control over to him and our engineer, Andy Parks. It's nice just to sit back and play the parts and be creative and let them worry about making everything sound good.”

“The song is about that feeling you get when someone who was once a huge part of your life, suddenly isn't there anymore and all the things that go through your head. Wondering what they're doing, if they're feeling what you're feeling. That kind of thing. I've been on a huge Tom Petty and Springsteen kick lately, so I think that had some impact on the song. Not exactly saying that's where I'm going with all the new material, but you'll be able to hear those influences sprinkled in here and there. I'm very excited to get the rest of these songs out.”


Music

Books

Film

Recent
Music

Tim Bowness of No-Man Discusses Thematic Ambition Amongst Social Division

With the release of his seventh solo album, Late Night Laments, Tim Bowness explores global tensions and considers how musicians can best foster mutual understanding in times of social unrest.

Music

Angel Olsen Creates a 'Whole New Mess'

No one would call Angel Olsen's Whole New Mess a pretty album. It's much too stark. But there's something riveting about the way Olsen coos to herself that's soft and comforting.

Music

Masma Dream World Go Global and Trippy on "Sundown Forest" (premiere)

Dancer, healer, musician Devi Mambouka shares the trippy "Sundown Forest", which takes listeners deep into the subconscious and onto a healing path.

Music

'What a Fantastic Death Abyss': David Bowie's 'Outside' at 25

David Bowie's Outside signaled the end of him as a slick pop star and his reintroduction as a ragged-edged arty agitator.

Music

Dream Folk's Wolf & Moon Awaken the Senses with "Eyes Closed" (premiere)

Berlin's Wolf & Moon are an indie folk duo with a dream pop streak. "Eyes Closed" highlights this aspect as the act create a deep sense of atmosphere and mood with the most minimal of tools.

Television

Ranking the Seasons of 'The Wire'

Years after its conclusion, The Wire continues to top best-of-TV lists. With each season's unique story arc, each viewer is likely to have favorites.

Film

Paul Reni's Silent Film 'The Man Who Laughs' Is Serious Cinema

There's so much tragedy present, so many skullduggeries afoot, and so many cruel and vindictive characters in attendance that a sad and heartbreaking ending seems to be an obvious given in Paul Reni's silent film, The Man Who Laughs.

Music

The Grahams Tell Their Daughter "Don't Give Your Heart Away" (premiere)

The Grahams' sweet-sounding "Don't Give Your Heart Away" is rooted in struggle, inspired by the couples' complicated journey leading up to their daughter's birth.

Music

Gloom Balloon Deliver an Uplifting Video for "All My Feelings For You" (premiere)

Gloom Balloon's Patrick Tape Fleming considers what making a music video during a pandemic might involve because, well, he made one. Could Fellini come up with this plot twist?

Film

What 'O Brother, Where Art Thou?' Gets Right (and Wrong) About America

Telling the tale of the cyclops through the lens of high and low culture, in O'Brother, Where Art Thou? the Coens hammer home a fatalistic criticism about the ways that commerce, violence, and cosmetic Christianity prevail in American society .

Music

Brian Cullman Gets Bluesy with "Someday Miss You" (premiere)

Brian Cullman's "Someday Miss You" taps into American roots music, carries it across the Atlantic and back for a sound that is both of the past and present.

Music

IDLES Have Some Words for Fans and Critics on 'Ultra Mono'

On their new album, Ultra Mono, IDLES tackle both the troubling world around them and the dissenters that want to bring them down.

Music

Napalm Death Return With Their Most Vital Album in Decades

Grindcore institution Napalm Death finally reconcile their experimental side with their ultra-harsh roots on Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism.

Film

NYFF: 'Notturno' Looks Passively at the Chaos in the Middle East

Gianfranco Rosi's expansive documentary, Notturno, is far too remote for its burningly immediate subject matter.

Music

The Avett Brothers Go Back-to-Basics with 'The Third Gleam'

For their latest EP, The Third Gleam, the Avett Brothers leave everything behind but their songs and a couple of acoustic guitars, a bass, and a banjo.

Music

PM Picks Playlist 1: Rett Madison, Folk Devils + More

The first PopMatters Picks Playlist column features searing Americana from Rett Madison, synthpop from Everything and Everybody, the stunning electropop of Jodie Nicholson, the return of post-punk's Folk Devils, and the glammy pop of Baby FuzZ.

Books

David Lazar's 'Celeste Holm  Syndrome' Appreciates Hollywood's Unsung Character Actors

David Lazar's Celeste Holm Syndrome documents how character actor work is about scene-defining, not scene-stealing.


Reviews
Collapse Expand Reviews



Features
Collapse Expand Features

PM Picks
Collapse Expand Pm Picks

© 1999-2020 PopMatters.com. All rights reserved.
PopMatters is wholly independent, women-owned and operated.