“Her low, mysterious voice propels the listener into an otherworldly space, and her songs feel tinged with something nostalgic and just out of reach.”
– Atwood Magazine
“…alt-rock tribute to questioning everything including yourself.”
“With a set of effortless vocals and a strong pop sensibility, NYC-based Talullah Ruff typically crafts radio-ready alt-blues tunes…”
– The Deli NYC
“…pop music with an alt-blues twist.”
– All Things Go
NYC-based, alt-rock singer-songwriter Talullah Ruff announces her debut, self-produced EP, What Is Honest, due out August 25th, 2017. The EP was self-recorded in various locations – Ruff’s apartment, her friends’ NYU dorm room, the studio at Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music and Brooklyn DIY studio space, Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen. The EP was mastered by Grammy nominated Tom Waltz. Today, Talullah Ruff shares her new single, “I Am Not” via Atwood Magazine, who states, “There is a maturity in the song’s message, and somewhat of a callout to those who are made uncomfortable by others’ lives and choices.”
Reflection lies at the core of Ruff’s art, her lyrics acting as mirrors for what she internalizes about herself and her experiences of dejection. She seeks to create sonic worlds for her listeners, while also attempting to forge refuge and connection. With over 200 unreleased songs and 2 unpublished novels to her name, What Is Honest represents a curated collection of her works from freshman year of high school to her sophomore year in college. Blending 1970s-esque production with 1990s alt-rock songwriting and aesthetics, Ruff has built her own brand of art rock, in which she seeks to blend each eclectic side of herself. Using piano and vocals to drive forward her heart-rendering lyrics, her music suggests a nostalgic nod to her inspirations, such as Fiona Apple, Jeff Buckley and Tori Amos.
The album artwork, drawn and painted by Ruff herself, evokes a sense of rawness and honesty. The image of a half naked women with a flower head – with no intention to instill any level of shock-value – was meant to embody the simplistic beauty of the human body and the natural forms taken for granted or warped by our own misconceptions. The red rose symbolizes the stigmas that come with womanhood and others’ expectations and projections onto Ruff. EP tracks such as, “I Am Not,” and title track, “What Is Honest” touch on these influences – both external and internal – that evoke negativity and anxiety, but push through the issues with intricate lyrics and brazen vocal melodies.
WHAT IS HONEST – TRACKLISTING
01. What Is Honest
02. Anger Is An Acid
03. I Am Not
04. Home Is Where The Heart Aches
05. Paper And Ink Girl/I’m So Heavy