So I’ve had a bit of a soft spot for Sydney born artist Ruel since his debut single a few years ago.
A bit of a musical whiz, he’s been creating jams that capture your ear and interest from the get go and is getting recognised for it. Following the EP route, he’s back with his second short player ‘Free Time’, which I absolutely adore.
It can be a bit difficult to harness success as a new artist and do so successfully, but Ruel has taken the opportunity to work with some amazing writers and producers on this EP and he’s created a really solid collection of tunes.
There is something both modern and instantly classic about all the songs included here and as people tend to listen to playlists more and more than albums or EPs, this one draws you in from start to finish, but just as easily could be added to any top playlist.
The musical maturity is here and that comes through on the lyrics as much as the arrangements.
Credit where credit is due, he’s co-written everything and done so with amazing talent like Wrabel (P!nk, Kesha), Alex Hope (Tina Arena, Troye Sivan) and Tobias Jesso Jr (Adele, Florence + The Machine). The genuineness comes across in each song and is why fans of his listen in.
While he’s captured these songs on tour, it feels cohesive and connected.
Alongside the great single choices from the EP so far (‘Real Thing’, ‘Face To Face’) I fell in love with ‘Hard Sometimes’ for its honesty and the vocal arrangements. I’m a sucker for good backing vocals and this one delivers it in spades. It also drives home some strong emotive themes.
I’d consider this a longer EP at seven tracks. But you get to enjoy his music that little bit more and it makes it worthwhile investing your time and hard earned money in.
It’s exciting to see local talent deliver world class pop music and Ruel continues his strong form with this EP.
I can’t wait to hear what comes next.
VERDICT : 4/5.
MUST LISTEN : Real Thing, Hard Sometimes.