Ruby Gaines releases a new single, ‘Cardamom’.
It’s the new project of Glasgow-based singer, songwriter and guitarist Megan Airlie, whose previous releases under her own name include ‘Honey’, ‘Mother Whale’, and her debut from 2018, ‘After River‘, which came out on Bloc Music, the imprint set up by the Glasgow music bar / venue.
The track comes via new indie label Iceblink Luck – named after a Cocteau Twins single, the imprint was set up by Stina Tweeddale (Honeyblood) and Robert Kilpatrick (whose day job is head of the Scottish Music Industry Association).
‘Cardamom’ was produced by Stephen A. Watkins, who has previously worked on releases by Carla J. Easton as well as Amanda Palmer. The single was recorded in Galashiels, at the MacArts centre, a former church and now music venue, and was mastered by multi BAFTA & RTS award-winning composer and producer Kenny Inglis.
Before adopting the Ruby Gaines monicker, Airlie performed at the Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award ceremony in 2018 before showcasing the following year at industry conferences Wide Days, XpoNorth and Dumfries Music Conference.
Gaines said of the project and single: “‘Cardamom’ came sweetly to me in the early hours. It felt like I had finally solidified the newness of my sound and being that I’d been trying to encompass. It felt like metamorphosis and I was elated to leave my old skin behind and journey deeper into the sound and taste of this new musical direction (which I feel runs parallel to my own personal development).
“I wanted to deliver saccharine feelings similar to the weightless mornings felt after a night of love and contentment.”