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Ruby Muse is made up of UK singer-songwriters – musicians Jools Heyes and Malcolm Heyes. With the release of this 3-track EP they get to showcase the sound of their next studio album. Just Like You will be the duo’s long awaited follow up to Red Guitar In A Blue Room (2011), and though previously unaware of their music it didn’t take me long to become hooked. Track two on the EP, “Diamonds” contains an urgency and infectious feel while “Winter Hellebore” is steeped in a mystical hue, and on occasions there is a distance air to it. More arty than sharp edged, it has a rare appeal. You could likewise direct the same towards “Just Like You”, only here Jools’ vocals guided by keyboards and hooky rhythm, harmony vocals and steel guitar posses the feel she is on a mission as she asks to be taken to the river, and with her vocals becoming more impassioned every second the regal beauty of her voice exudes much soul. I can’t wait to hear the full extent of their music when the full-length release drops through my letterbox.
It is worth noting some of their influences include Suzanne Vega, Lucinda Williams, Joni Mitchell, Yes, Fleetwood Mac, Morcheeba and as the accompanying promotional blurb claims their music ranges from Bach to Bob Dylan and back again.
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