Ruby Fray is a new name to me, an Austin, Texas quartet led by the even better named Emily Beanblossom, "Barbara" is the track that introduces me to their music, the first taken from their forthcoming second album and showcases a brooding noir-sound that explores a dark, atmospheric terrain akin a combination of Chelsea Wolfe, Bird and Widowspeak. I'm down with that.
Propelled by a ominous bass groove and shimmering guitar textures "Barbara" bewitches around Emily's hypnotic vocals, the beautiful result threatens to explode but remains understated and haunting. I'm left intrigued for more.
The album Grackle is released September 30th via K.