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Even before the release of their Balloons EP, there has been talk, whispers, and murmurs about NYC based band, Ruby My Dear. A group that together calls Australia, Las Vegas, Seattle, New Jersey, Los Angeles, etc home; the talents of Gabbi Coenen, Darren Denman, Zack Hartmann, Ocar Rodriguez, and Jay Rudolph take their jazz school taught templates as jumping boards into arrangements that push the expected structures into the unusual and unexpected territories of the extraordinary.

Presenting the world premiere of Ruby My Dear’s “Balloons”, performance footage shot and edited by Amanda Foote presents an intimate evening experience with a group that makes music flies like the gradual rise and float of hot air balloon or stadium hovering blimps. Taking filmed footage caught between Glasslands Gallery and DanBro Studios, Foote captures not just the floating ghost quality of the EP’s title track, but the but also the elusive mystery found on “The Water’s Edge”, “Whisper”, and “Dirt”. The video follows the band walking through narrow stair corridors in step with Darren’s conscious burrowing keyboard melodies. Gabbi’s descriptions of feeling break out from between the physiological and psychological polarities and into elevated states brought about by the surprise key changes turns, and directional lane changes from Jay, Oscar, and Zack’s core section. Observe the group between the two performance spaces allows a front row seat to the original and unique angles that Ruby My Dear entertain with their ambitious approaches to the audio arts. After the following premiere of “Balloons”, the band gave us a view into their aesthetic dynamics, and more in an interview after the jump.

The entire band comes from a variety of disparate places. Tell us how you all came to meet each other, and how Ruby My Dear began.

Like most bands in New York, we all met in college. Gabbi had just moved from Australia in late 2011 and was looking for people to play some songs she’d been working on with Oscar. We all knew each other, but had never played together in the same room before; once we did, the connection was immediate. The lineup eventually solidified at the end of 2012 and we’ve been plugging away at it ever since.

I like the b/w video for “Balloons” shot at Glasslands Gallery and DanBro Studios. Favorite moments shooting the video? And with Glasslands closing and all, what are some of everyone’s favorite Glasslands moments?

Our friend Amanda Foote shot everything, she’s so awesome (and patient!). The more candid shots behind the scenes at Glasslands were fun, and of course the part where we’re climbing the stairs — that was more difficult to coordinate than you would expect. We’re all really sad that Glasslands is closing, and so thankful that we got a chance to play on that stage with some of our favorite bands supporting us. That venue has a really good reputation for presenting some of the best acts Brooklyn has to offer, so we were just honored to be included in that bunch.

Describe the process of composing and creating the Balloons EP.

The song selection process was pretty simple – we just chose the best stuff we had, and it wasn’t until we’d finished making the record that we realized there was a thread that connected them. We didn’t really do much pre-production, since we’d been playing most of the songs live for almost a year. But once we got in the studio the floodgates opened and there were so many little things that we added in overdubs and post. It was really fun to get to discover all these additional layers in the songs and arrangements, and it was interesting to collaborate on a deeper level than we had in the past. This was the first time we had spent any prolonged period of time together (seven days on a farm in Pennsylvania) so there were definitely some tense moments, but the great thing about doing it somewhere remote is that we could really focus on making the best record possible.

How do you all bridge the wandering electro cascading keys, the more abstract electronic moments, with the more conventional approaches to songwriting?

…Good question. I don’t think we actually know, or at least we try not to analyze it too much. You just kind of have to follow where the song leads you, and we certainly aren’t concerned with boxing things in to the typical ‘verse chorus’ structure. Perhaps that’s a benefit of having gone to ‘jazz school.’ With “Balloons”, the dynamic arc was already built into the structure of the song, so it was easy to figure out what needed to happen to bridge it all together. We have other tracks where the connections between moments had to be worked out in rehearsal a little more, but this one kind of emerged already formed and we just had to figure out the best way to channel it. We’re all inspired by film scores and classical composition, as well songwriters who have a way of creating these huge pieces with lots of different sections that flow together, but don’t sound confused or meandering, like Joanna Newsom and the Dirty Projectors. Our goal with every song is just to make something that gives us and the listener a strong visual image and mood.

With “Balloons”, was the goal to create a kind of feeling of helium induced flight?

Sure, why not — like the little kid at the end of The Red Balloon, just kind of floating away with all his balloon-y friends.

With Death By Audio and Glasslands closing, what are some of the great DIY hopes for Brooklyn, and NYC as a whole as these communities—like many other independent communities found the world over that are facing these forced changes and upheavals—are in the midst of transitions, takeovers, with bleak outlooks, and so forth….what glimmers of new chances do you all see from these trying times?

You know the greatest irony of this is that the company who is taking over that space basically made its name covering underground scenes… But sadly that’s the nature of existing as a creative community in a city like New York. We all do this because we love it, and because of that it’s all too easy for someone to swoop in and take advantage of it. Too often when a venue goes down, the story gets painted up as though it’s the end of an era. Spaces are great, but it’s lovers of live music that make it all happen. Our overall hope is that more people in NYC learn to enjoy live music, and that the bands and creative individuals remain supportive of each other and committed to the scene. Change is inevitable, but it’s how you move forward once it’s happened that matters. There’s so much good music being made, that alone is enough to ensure more spaces and opportunities will come about.

2015 plans for Ruby My Dear?

We were supposed to go to LA last September, but sadly that fell through, so we’re going to try head there in the spring, and hopefully parlay that into a west coast tour. We’re also going to do an east coast tour (finally!) and definitely record some of our newer tracks very soon, maybe even start working on our first proper album. Also, getting #NoMoreDarrenJokes to trend is a high priority.

Other indie acts that you all feel deserve more credit?

We’re playing with an Aussie R&B artist named MKO this weekend, she’s incredible. Our friends Tiny Hazard and Altopalo are some of our favorites closer to home. And if you’re not listening to Adult Jazz or Hiatus Kaiyote, then you’re doing life wrong. - Impose Magazine

On Wednesday, August 27th, Ruby My Dear will celebrate the official release of their forthcoming EP - from which they’ve already unveiled the single “Balloons” (streaming) - with a show at Glasslands Gallery in Brooklyn. While the bandmates hail from everywhere from Australia to New Jersey, they’ve settled down in New York City (of all places!), where they've been honing and perfecting their mellow electronic pop. Fronted by Aussie vocalist Gabbi Coenen, the quintet takes a rather experimental approach to their jazz-infused tracks, and the resulting sound is both eccentric and intriguing. It will be interesting to see the band translate their layered sonics onto the stage in a few weeks. If you like “Balloons,” don't miss the release party at Glasslands on 08.27 with other talented local bands Throw Vision, Tiny Hazard, and recent Deli Artist of the Month Altopalo. - Jillian Dooley - The Deli Magazine NYC

Nothing but hope and passion “New York based avantgarde pop quintet RUBY MY DEAR will release their new EP Balloons on October 14th. Their song…” Posted last week → - Hype Machine


Time: Tue., Aug. 11, 7 & 10 p.m. 2015

The Hotel Cafe
1623 1/2 N. Cahuenga Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
http://www.hotelcafe.com - LA WEEKLY

WEDNESDAY ... "I’d also super recommend heading a bit further south to Broadway, ’cause Madam West will be playing a show at Baby’s All Right tonight with Ruby My Dear, Oracle Room AND Ivy Meissner for just seven bucks..." - Brightest Young Things NYC

Ry Wilkin’s animation is as gentle and light as Ms. Coenen’s singing, and together they are a journey – through the atmosphere, across the plains. Jazzy, inventive and breezily dynamic, “Dirt” is the newest single from New York City’s Ruby My Dear, heartwarming and taken from their Balloons EP, which they released last Fall. You can buy it now from their Bandcamp page. - The Autumn Roses

New York quintet Ruby My Dear draw us into their dreamy world with exotic new animation.

We have the pleasure of premiering the video for their newest single “Dirt”—a mellow blend of hushed chamber-pop that recalls the early work of Little Dragon and Dirty Projectors. Singer Gabbi Coenen glosses over the rich production work while the song oscilates from soft, narrative versus to bombastic jazz hooks.

The visuals here remain subtle but are nuanced with emotion and enhanced by intricate layers of nature and overcast weather. A perfect reflection of the atmospheric, avant-pop Ruby My Dear has come to be known by.

Their intriguing music and thoughtful compositions are certainly in bloom on their newest “Balloon” EP; displaying a sonic adventurism that makes one eagerly anticipate a full length in the coming year. - The Vinyl District

If you’re looking for a little something to take your mind off the summer heat, look no further than Ruby My Dear‘s dreamy new animated music video for their single “Dirt!” Animated by Ry Wilkin, “Dirt” is the perfect contrast to a long, hot summer: oozing warmth and all things cozy, “Dirt” will have you burrowing under blankets and craving hot chocolate in the middle of the heat.
Taken off last year’s Balloons EP, “Dirt” wows listeners with full, lush instrumentals that are taken to an otherworldly new level with frontwoman Gabbi Cohen’s gorgeous vocal delivery. Check out the latest video from Ruby My Dear below. - Speak Into My Good Eye

The alternative five-piece with members from Australia, New Jersey, LA, Vegas, and Seattle is one of the most talented unsigned bands that have graced Planet Stereo in the last year. The band’s jazzy roots, upbeat-po attitude, and stunning melodies make them one to watch. - Planet Stereo Live

There is a soulful beauty to this EP, and every track had something to offer. The music and lyrics of Balloons work together, fitting like pieces of a puzzle; there is not the typical competition of which will win the heart of the listener. - Planet Stereo Live

Adventurous quintet Ruby My Dear is releasing their first EP and we’ve got the exclusive. With roots based in jazz, the band fuses atmospheric melodies with unconventional instrumentation, drawing comparisons to bands like Dirty Projectors, London Grammar, Portishead, and Hiatus Kaiyote.

Recently named “Band Of The Month” by The Deli NYC this crew is a tour de force of avant-pop tunes. The AU Review referred to Ruby My Dear as, “A stunning indie, alternative sound that should get the attention of music lovers arould the world.” Check out their debut EP below. - Creem Magazine

August 26, 2014 - 2:33pm — Larry Heath
Ruby My Dear are a New York based quintet who channel their roots in the jazz world, into a stunning indie, alternative sound that should get the attention of music lovers around the world - Australia no exception. It helps too, that the band is fronted by an Australian! "Balloons" is the first single off their forthcoming EP of the same name, and you can listen to it here: - The AU Review

New York based avantgarde pop quintet RUBY MY DEAR will release their new EP Balloons on October 14th. Their song Dirt now exclusively premieres via NOTHING BUT HOPE AND PASSION. Listen to the wonderful song below and fall in love with the band’s jazzy roots and poppy attitude. RUBY MY DEAR fuse atmospheric melodies with unconventional instrumentation, drawing comparisons to bands like DIRTY PROJECTORS, LONDON GRAMMAR, PORTISHEAD and HIATUS KAIYOTE. Enjoy RUBY MY DEAR‘s Dirt. - Nothing But Hope and Passion

Filmed at Brooklyn’s Glasslands Gallery, Amanda Foote has directed the new video for “Balloons”, the jazzy, improvisational and liquid single from New York’s Ruby My Dear. It sounds like a seabird, gracefully levitating over gently-crashing swells. Their Balloons EP was released last month, and you can buy yours here. - The Autumn Roses

There is something quite ominous and chilling about the latest from New York Avant-Pop outfit Ruby My Dear (whose members have ties to Australia, Las Vegas, Seattle, New Jersey, Los Angeles). The band’s latest single “Balloons” – the title track to a forthcoming EP slated to drop on October 14th – calls to mind the 1977 horror film and Dario Agento classic Susperia in the sense that such beauty can cause so much discomfort, as Gabbi Coenen’s lush vocals are outlined by ghostly nothings spoken in the background of this artistic machine.
Coupled with off-kilter instrumentation and percussion that draw from Portishead and the likes, this Ruby My Dear cut is one of the most intriguing pieces delivered to SIMGE this year.
Stream “Balloons” below and stay tuned for more from Ruby My Dear. - Speak Into My Good Eye

Founded by Australian musician Gabbi Coenen, Ruby My Dear’s other members come from all across the United States, and they are based in New York City. “Balloons” is their ebbing and flowing new single, swirling around and splashing at your feet as you stare at the blue and distant horizon. You can download this single and a self-titled EP now via Bandcamp. - The Autumn Roses

RJ FROMETA on 29 September, 2014 at 19:55

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Gabbi: Swell – I’m currently on the west coast (where it’s apparently still summer) helping my mum move house, and working on some new songs. It’s my birthday on Saturday too.

Zack: Working on music all the time. Off the tail end of two consecutive all nighters. Haven’t been to class in a week-ish.

​​Can you talk to us more about the story behind your awesome new track “Balloons”?
Zack: I went to disney land and found this awesome donald duck blow up doll​.​

Gabbi: Wasn’t it Buzz Lightyear? My apartment overlooks the Hudson river, and there’s a flight path from one of the airports that goes over it, so you can see the airplanes fly past every few minutes like clockwork. Especially at night they’re like little blinking lights that follow this exact pattern. I was lying on the couch one night bored and restless, and watching the planes. I had already been playing around with that keyboard line, so kind of just went from there, deciding to keep it fairly simple lyrically and wanting more to create a mood with the chords and the rhythm. When I brought it to the guys, Zack immediately said this needs a trap beat which just took the song to a whole other level. It definitely doesn’t fall strictly into the “trap” genre, but that influence is there, along with some nods to trip-hop and RnB, with the usual indie/experimental rock vibe that covers all our songs. Despite the fact that it’s in an odd meter in the verses, you can definitely move to it. We’d been playing it live for about a year before we recorded it on our friend Donnie Spackman’s studio on a farm just outside of Philly. Once we were in the studio, that’s when the song really started to come alive. It definitely warrants repeat listening to pick up on all the little touches and effects and idiosyncrasies. Some of the sounds you wouldn’t be able to identify what they were unless we told you… It’s basically this epic, intricate, detailed song about nothing.

​​Why did you guys name your new EP after this song?
Gabbi: Despite its subject matter (or lack thereof) I really think ​”​Balloons​”​is one of the strongest songs we have, and it was the first song we arranged together where I felt like we’d encapsulated the vibe of the band and everyone’s individual voices. Plus I’d been really connecting with th​​e imagery of the movie “The Red Balloon” and wanted to do something inspired by that for the cover. I met up with our friend Ivy Meissner to discuss artwork ideas, and she just ran with it and ended up making this huge collage, using images of me holding red balloons (on a very windy day in the middle of Bushwick) with old film rolls she’d taken previously. It’s sort of whimsical but grounded in reality and nature, which are all elements that influenced the songs, at least from a lyrical standpoint.

​​Can you talk to us more about the recording and writing process behind the EP?
Zack: Gabbi would bring in skeletons of the form and the chord structure, but we all mostly wrote our own parts with feedback from everyone else along the way. After a while we had all of the tracks written and we could play them live, but when we recorded at GREAT TIME™ Studios we went super hard on the over dubs and some of the effects / return tracks. Mixing was a constant process. Sleep was not.

Gabbi: Fun fact! The studio actually exploded after we tracked everything, so our engineer Donnie Spackman had to trek all the way to Michigan with his speakers and hard drives to finish mixing. I think he’s still catching up on sleep…

But yeah, generally what happens is I’ll bring in a song and have a fairly clear idea of the style/vibe, how it should sound. But everyone in this band has such different musical personalities, so it’s fun to watch the guys take what I give them and mutate it and bring it to life, putting their own spin on it. The arranging process has been super collaborative and we brought that approach with us to the recording studio. We spent about a week there just tracking as much as we could, and then editing it down from that later on.

We also went exploring in the woods around the farm, and played a lot of Super Smash Bros in our downtime – the best way to settle arguments and de-stress.

Oscar: I brought as much crap as I could to the studio – guitars, pedals, a storm drain. For me, it was about recording excessive overdubs then checking out what we had to work with. A lot of the great sounds we got on the EP resulted from doubling certain parts with different instruments and sounds. It was a matter of experimenting and figuring out what worked.

​​Where did you guys find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
Gabbi: Oh you know, the usual life stuff! I feel like most of the lyrics are pretty self-explanatory…

Musically I was listening to a lot of different things when writing these songs, but mainly stuff like Massive Attack and Daughter and London Grammar and Hiatus Kaiyote – stuff that’s groove-based and kind of weird, but still really lush and warm-sounding.

I also read a lot and watch a ton of movies, so sometimes lyrics come from stories that I’ve written based off other works. Almost always the music comes first for me, so I try to just play around with words and images that fit the vibe of what’s already there. Like with “The Water’s Edge”, which is about a long distance relationship, the music for that was basically finished before I added the lyrics, and those were almost entirely inspired by a movie I’d seen. So it was kind of like scoring a film in that way. I like having strong images in mind when I’m writing.

But it became very apparent to me when we were putting the record together that all the songs are tied together by a sense of nostalgia and longing for home. That definitely wasn’t intentional, but I guess when you live away from your home for so long it kinda seeps out!

​​Will you be hitting the road this year?
Zack: Technically yes.

Gabbi: We’ll be making the arduous journeys from Bushwick to Williamsburg and Crown Heights in October and November. Aside from that there’s a few plans for a Northeast tour still in the works… And we’re hopefully heading to LA for a bit sometime early next year!

​​What else is happening next in Ruby My Dear’s world?
Gabbi: NEW MUSIC! I’ve been sitting on a bunch of ideas for a few months, so we’ll be working on putting those into some kind of listenable form very soon. Then we’ll be playing The Knitting Factory with Tiny Hazard, Cantina and Shit Show October 28th, and the week after on November 5th we’re at Friends & Lovers with our best buddies Altopalo. - Vents Magazine

Ruby My Dear just released their new single “Dirt“, and you can listen to it here. The track comes from the band’s forthcoming sophomore EP Balloons, out October 14th, 2014. - Indiependent Music

What is avant-pop, and how avant- would/could you get? Ruby My Dear are going to check and test their limits to see where they will end up with an EP they’ll release on October 14th called Ballonons, and from it is its title track for you to listen. If incorporating their jazz influences is what makes then avant of sorts, then may the strangeness continue. - This is Book's Music

4.2 out of 5
By Matt Jensen

Located in New York City the recently formed Ruby My Dear are some of the most proficient musicians I have heard in quite some time. Combining odd time signatures such as 5/4 and ⅞ with equally as complicated scales and chord structures Ruby My Dear are impressive the moment you start listening to them. What’s more impressive then that however is that they are able to utilize these technical abilities and utilize them in a pop format that is catchy, while being experimental. The band is fronted by Gabbi Coenen who provides classical female jazz vocals that work very well with the music. The music is exceptional but her voice is still the centerpiece that provides the backbone to these songs. Their debut self-titled EP contains six excellent songs that have a nice flow throughout. The sequencing of the tracks gives a good variety. For example, the frantic “Never Never” is a nice predecessor to the rather slow, sparse, “Next Time.”

Opening the EP is “You Go to My Head” which is one of the slower numbers on the EP. The instrumental parts sometimes reminded of one of my favorites album of all time Laughing Stock by Talk Talk. The first song is good but the second song “Nell” is great. The band flexes it muscles a bit with this track (Imagine Dirty Projectors if they went jazz) as the drumming is fluid and precise holding down the complex scales that are being played. I was in audio heaven around the 2:00 mark as the band goes all out providing us experimental guitar on top of the intricate jazz.

“Never Never” was another highlight of this album. I felt the vocals really shined on this one with the chaotic breakdown in the middle of the song, which slowly builds to a frantic state before it stops completely. “Next Time” contains an upright bass with Coenen vocals front and center. You could practically see this song playing in your mind – a dimly lit jazz bar, a spotlight on Coenen with the band in the background; classic. Closing the album is “A Lack of Color” which felt the most pop oriented to me. It revolved around piano and of course the vocals. Ruby My Dear released an exceptional debut EP which showcases their unique abilities and paves the way for a bright future. - The Equal Ground

Second was Rvby My Dear (the artist formerly known as Ruby My Dear) taking the stage playing songs like “Dirt” off 2014’s Balloons and “Flourisher,” which also featured/premiered on ElevtrTrax earlier this year. I had nothing to draw upon seeing them for the first time, in fact i’ve been sitting on their records for a few months now absolutely loving the blend of ticker taper ambient sounds, with rhythmic vocal lines, and a perfect keyboard tone acting as a feathery glue on the hushed moments, but it was the jazz accents that surprised me, peaking out more in their set thanks in part to the rhythm section. If you can imagine beautiful meets dynamics, it’s right here. - Elevtrtrax

The crowd at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory on Monday night appears to be mostly musicians in the avant-rock/artpop community, and they all seem to know each other on some level. The band I’m here to see tonight is RVBY MY DEAR, an alternative band that I would put on playlists with CocoRosie and Imogen Heap. The project of singer and keyboardist, Gabbi Coenen, RVBY is a group of New School alumni who originally trained to be jazz musicians. Tonight is the release show for their EP, Unravel. They take the stage following Eda Wolf, a perfect transition from one ambient rock act to the next.
RVBY MY DEAR opens with “10:17,” a number that moves from scintillating keys to rock thick with layers of bass at the nucleus of the sound, a sturdy vehicle for Coenen’s delicate, dreamy vocals. Repetitive lyrics break apart and snap together with the cadence of a Gertrude Stein poem, tempered with a Priscilla Ahn attitude. The second number, “Animal,” features enigmatic drumming that changes pattern swiftly and frequently. There is a youthful quality to Coenen’s voice, a tone that is soft with peaceful longing. She slides up and down melodic hills in “Hidden Threads” with a refracted clarity that teases you into melting into the soundscape, complemented by a piano that moves from major to minor with the ease of improvised dialogue in a film. The song blooms and builds like a hallucination, intensifying and shifting with a suitable pace before gliding back to a gently rippling finish. They slide into “Flourisher,” a punchy pop rock piece that allows guitarist Oscar Rodriguez a little more spotlight with several simple yet potent riffs that sound rather in the classical vein. Set closer “Balloons” finds Coenen’s voice in a wild, bluesy territory that falls nearer to her jazz roots than the other material. There is an evident formula to this music, and a well-crafted one: organically create graceful fervency by growing the sound with mathematical exactitude, then shrink it down to atomic size while maintaining the tension only to blow it up like a star before letting the song quickly dissipate, leaving the listener wanting more.
Gabbi Coenen reached out to Hydrogen Jukebox a few days before the show to tell me about it, and I immediately became excited about this deeply emotive ensemble. The day after the show, we meet at a coffee shop in Williamsburg to talk about RVBY MY DEAR. She tells me that following nearly a lifetime of piano lessons thanks to a supportive and encouraging mother, she found herself finishing a music degree and simultaneously discovering a fondness for composition. While many similar artists pursue solo endeavors, she prefers the balance that comes with a group. “I wanted an outlet for my own music and I liked the idea of having a band…I like having a group of people that I can play with and workshop ideas with.”

Their audio-collage style of blending the euphonic and the distorted, the found sound with the carefully played instrument, is what I find so attractive, and I ask about the writing process. “I write everything on piano…I usually start with music, just chords or a whole song that doesn’t have any lyrics or melodies. I write words separately. I keep books of poetry, ideas jotted down. At some point I try and combine the two. Find some words that fit this music that I’ve written. I’m very inspired by film scores, so when I’m writing the music I keep picturing things and sometimes that informs the lyrics and other times it’s more of a challenge to find words that fit…Usually I’ll write keyboard parts as well and have an idea for the beat in my head…Once that’s done I bring it to the band, and Oscar usually will write his own parts…Darren, the keyboard player, will take what I’ve written for him and add to it…So it is collaborative in the arranging process, but the songs themselves are all what I’ve done.” She cites artists such as Massive Attack, Portishead, James Blake, and Daughter as influences, as well as jazz greats like Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald.

As far as where she gets inspiration for her brief and poetic lyrics, she has one literary touchstone. “There’s this book called The God of Small Things, by Arundhati Roy, that I love, I read that in high school, and just the way that she writes is so interesting. She has this childlike way of putting words together, but the thematic content is very mature.”
One of the more unique aspects of RVBY’s formation is that there are two keyboard players. Darren Denman plays a large keyboard that appears to be 3-in-1 while Coenen plays a Casio. I ask if there is a separation of parts similar to having a lead guitarist and a rhythm guitarist. She tells me it changes depending on the piece, and how the idea of having two keyboardists began. “I was just singing at the very beginning, but the song ‘Dirt,’…I bought a Casio off eBay…And I wrote ‘Dirt’ on that, and I brought it into rehearsal and I was like, “Darren, you can do this,” and the guys were like, no, you should actually play that on the Casio…It varies song to song, the part that I’m playing. With ‘Dirt,’ that’s sort of the integral part of the song…But with another song, like “Animal,” that stuff is more textural, not super integral, it just adds extra color.”
Booking a show at the Knitting Factory is no small deal, and with several EPs and two videos under their belt, RVBY MY DEAR seems to be gaining traction. I ask what she finds the most challenging part of being a New York-based musician. “Everything,” she laughs. “There’s two parts of it. The logistics of having a band is challenging: trying to find space to play, space to rehearse, time to create. It’s tough. Living here is great because there’s so much going on, but it’s also bad because there’s so much going on. So how do you find where you fit in all that noise?…I think a show like last night’s is a good example of bands who maybe wouldn’t fit on many other bills in Brooklyn all coming together and doing our own thing. I think the upside of being here is you can find your niche.”
Finally, what does Coenan hope listeners find in Unravel? “I’ve always wanted the music to be accessible but still interesting, and I think the cool thing about the new EP is we got a little more intensive with the production…I wanted this really visceral, spilling-your-guts-on-the-floor kind of sound…I guess the songs are pretty personal and have a lot of feelings in them, so I just hope that people find something to connect with.”
Unravel will be available this week on BandCamp, SoundCloud and via their website. Below is the video for “Dirt,” a whimsical marriage of sound and color that will stir chilly nostalgia in any viewer. I can’t wait to see what this band produces next. - Hydrogen Jukebox


October 2014 - "Balloons EP". Self-released via iTunes, Bandcamp.

1. Balloons

2. The Water's Edge

3. Whisper

4. Dirt

5. Nell (Bonus Track)

All songs written by Gabriella Coenen. All songs arranged by Ruby My Dear, except tracks 2 and 4 co-arranged with Louis Cohen.

April 2013 - "Ruby My Dear EP". Self-released via Bandcamp.
1. You Go To My Head
2. Nell
3. Never Never
4. Next Time
5. Right On
6. A Lack of Color
All songs written and arranged by Gabbi Coenen, except for Tracks 1 (written by J.F. Coots/H. Gillespie), 5 (written by Joanna Newsom) and 6 (written by Benjamin Gibbard)



Avant‐pop quintet RVBY MY DEAR announces the release of their new single, “Hidden Threads.” Rooted in experimental trip‐hop with neo‐jazz foundations, RVBY MY DEAR blends the melodies of Daughter with the sultry hypnotism of Little Dragon. Fronted by vocalist Gabbi Coenen, RVBY MY DEAR draws inspiration from acts like Dirty Projectors, London Grammar, Portishead, and Hiatus Kaiyote.
The group was formed in 2012, when Gabbi Coenen, Darren Denman (keys) and Oscar Rodriguez (guitar) met at The New School for Jazz. They were soon joined by fellow graduates Abel Tabares (percussion) and Jono Stewart (bass). In their 2014 beginnings, the fledgling virtuosic fivesome released their sophomore EP "Balloons", earning critical acclaim throughout the blogosphere. T​he Equal Ground proclaiming, “[they] are impressive the moment you start listening to them. What’s more impressive than that however is that they are able to utilize these technical abilities...in a pop format that is catchy, while being experimental.” Most recently, the band released single, “Flourisher,” catching the attention of numerous outlets, including T​he Autumn Roses​, who raved how the record is “articulate and sophisticated...rich with creative joy and unpredictable, spiraling melodies.”
The band has played at many of NYC’s most well‐respected venues including Shea Stadium, Glasslands Gallery, Palisades, Rockwood Music Hall and The Bitter End. Named “Band of the Month” by T​he Deli NYC, T​he AU Review hails them as “a stunning indie, alternative sound that should get the attention of music lovers around the world.”

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