Melbourne based singer/songwriter, Paul Ruske, is set to release his debut album Uncertain Times. Ruske (pronounced “Rusk” – the “e” is silent) has been making music in Australia for years, and owns a very successful sound design and music studio. Uncertain Times was mixed by Tchad Blake (Black Keys, Tom Waits) and is his first studio album. We serviced the single, “Days Like This”, in November. “Days Like This” portrays the New Zealand born singer/songwriter’s timeless songwriting style; one that echoes that of greats such as Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen and Paul Simon. A multi-instrumentalist, Ruske‘s music includes a variety of instruments including guitar, bass, and piano. His signature style is laced with soulful, gospel-tinged piano and a stirring voice that has the rare ability of saying what a generation is feeling. This soulful, gospel sound resonates deepest in the end track “Washed In the River”. For this track, Ruske collaborated with the Grammy Award-winning, South African Soweto Gospel Choir (U2, Robert Plant, Lady Black Mambazo). Familiar and undeniably relevant, Paul Ruske’s music is powerful. He has the true ability of writing a refreshingly honest collection of songs that plugs directly into the hopes and fears of living in today’s world. Uncertain Times is a proper reflection of this balance – with each promising sparkle is a sober counterpoint, and vice versa, one told from a man still searching for answers.
RIYL: Ryan Adams, Jeff Buckley, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen
Recommended Tracks: Track #2 “Days Like This”, track #1 “Almost Ready To Die”, track #5 “My Little Heartbeat”
Going for Adds 1/13 & 1/14
FCC WARNING: Track #4 “JTA”