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New Album Out Now

rubymink_album_releaseWe are happy to announce the release of our new album Rubymink.
It has been the culmination of many months of work and we put our heart and soul into this.
Listen & Enjoy.

 

Available now for download on iTunes.

Special thanks to Maggie Gibson, Mari Takagi, Cati James, Billy Armijo of the Bedsit Infamy, Justin Calhoun, Ryan Connor of Mindcycle Studios, and most especially to all of you who believed in us.

Album Notes

“Superliminal” is a melodic, instrumental swirl of guitars that evoke a summertime daydream.

The first single, “Right as Rain” is an electrified, bluesy, psychedelic piece that leads to smooth, textural, guitar-heavy verses with swoon-worthy harmonies from Maggie Gibson.
Mixed and Mastered at Mindcycle Studios

“Fill My Shoes” is a bold, heavy tune about life’s hard choices, begging you to go for a drive on some empty freeway as it encircles you with explosive guitars that fade into a soft reverie.
The soft landing leads to the two nature-inspired tracks “My Cup”, and “It’s True”, with smooth vocal harmonizing from Mari Takagi.
The songs are a prayer to the earth, giving the ear a sense of peaceful repose.  These two acoustic grooves are pastoral, tranquil melodies about the wild places in the world.
“Sirens” is a lovely,  moody ballad about beauty and danger that recalls the story of Ulysses and the Sirens. The soft beats, rippling ambient guitar and  alluring vocals beckon you to go in, as The Odyssey says … the wine dark sea.
The lush, electronic tune “Light Speed” continues with the distinctive male and female harmonizing from Llewellyn and Gibson taking the listener from the mountaintop to the galaxies.
Come back to earth with the organ-heavy, beat-laden track “Rain Cloud Comes”, referring to ancient kings, empires, and symbols.
“Will”  is a triumphant acoustic track about experiencing nature as well as starting over. If you knock me down, I’ll get up off the ground.
“Pretend Friends” comes crashing in as a defiant, powerful, hard rocking number with distortion and driving chaos. A reminder that the truth is hard to hear, but harder when not heard.
“Restless Eyes” is an introspective, nine-minute epic about love, loss, nostalgia and desire with soulful harmonizing from Cati James.
“See You on the Other Side”. Wheels on a desert road, ominous thunderclouds and an unknown destination. Life is fleeting so raise a cup to those that came before, and those that will one day enter the world.

 

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More Reviews:

“Rubymink  draws influence from artists like Beck, Super Furry Animals, Ladytron, and Stereolab. In Rubymink’s world, thunderous explosions can quickly lead to hushed tones and back again”. – Tyler Jacobson, Tyler never Sleeps

“Rubymink is strong, alluring, soulful, and psychedelic. A unique, fresh sound”. – DWK, VM51

“If  The Verve, Stereolab, Soundgarden and Brightblack Morning Light got together and made an album, this is what it would  sound like” – JB

Additional Album Notes:

Rubymink’s debut self-titled album was recorded in New York, New York, Tokyo, Japan, and Portland, Oregon. The album was written and arranged by Stevyn Llewellyn, and features the vocal contributions of  Maggie Gibson ( Margaret Wehr ), Mari Takagi, and Cati James. Additional instrumental contributions are bass by Justin Calhoun, Keyboard by Mari Takagi,  and drums by Billy Armijo.  the album was mixed and mastered by Ryan Connor of MindCycle studios.

Vocals – Stevyn Llewellyn, Maggie Gibson (Margaret Wehr),  Mari Takagi, Cati James
Guitar, Keyboards – Stevyn Llewellyn
Drums – Jody Beam
Drums on “It’s True” – Billy Armijo
Bass on “It’s True” – Justin Calhoun
Keyboard on “It’s True” – Mari Takagi
Mixing and Mastering  – MindCycle Studios

 

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Drums by Billy Armijo

Billy_ArmijoBilly Armijo, the acclaimed singer/songwriter for the band The Bedsit Infamy   joined us for a special session where he shared his incredibly nuanced drumming talents on one of our upcoming tracks, It’s true, featuring Mari Takagi and Stevyn Llewellyn. This track was originally the first song recorded with an album in mind. Llewellyn and Takagi recorded the vocals and keyboards in New York, and then Billy added his own unique sound to the drum tracks, elevating the song to a new level. This was then mixed and mastered by Justin Calhoun in Portland, Oregon.

More on Billy and The Bedsit infamy on the reverbnation bio page:

The Bedsit Infamy fuses the sounds of college radio favorites like the Smiths and I.R.S. Records-era R.E.M. with the gumball synths of early MTV staples by the Cars and Talking Heads. Billy Armijo’s shimmering guitar work and Brad Turner’s Motown-inspired bass patterns drive the tunes out of your speakers and into your heart. A crazyquilt of analog keyboards (along with hanclaps, woodblocks, yelps, whistles and other throwbacks to 60s multitrack psychedelia) turn up like Easter eggs with each listen.

We are honored to have Billy contribute to one of our songs on the debut album.

 

Vocalist Mari Takagi

Mari_TakagiMusician Mari Takagi contributes her voice to two tracks on the upcoming Rubymink album. She sings on tracks, It’s True and My Cup.

It’s True was our first song recorded together in New York City, My Cup was recorded later, with Mari remotely from Tokyo. Both songs are about nature, evoking a pastoral, melodic sense of peace.

mari-takagi-rubyminkMari was brought up in Tokyo, Singapore, Sweden and the U.S.A. She began learning the piano from her mother since the age of 6. Mari moved to New York in 2006, meeting a man named Mark who happened to be the  singer/ songwriter for the well known song “You gotta have friends” performed by Bette Midler.  Mari began to co-write songs with him. One of them is “Cherish the world.” This song contains a strong message encouraging that we collectively act for amending  global environmental issues together. The song was released on the album “Here come the Peaceniks” in 2009 to wide acclaim.

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Vocalist Cati James

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Vocalist Cati James, the New York session singer lends her soulful voice to the track, Restless Eyes.  On our debut Album. Cati contributed to our two follow up albums, Sea to Sky & Voyager.

Cati hails from Nashville,and has lived and worked in  New York for over a decade. She is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy NYC, Integrated Program in Musical Theater.

Cati’s  website

 

Vocalist Maggie Gibson

maggie_gibsonContributing vocalist Maggie Gibson lends her distinctive voice to eight tracks on the upcoming Rubymink album, including the songs Right as Rain, Fill My Shoes, Rain Cloud Comes, Will, Sirens, Light Speed, Pretend Friends, and See You on the Other Side.

Maggie is a Portland based musician whose solo works are described as Soulful indie folk/pop. Maggie also performs with her band Promise The Moon,  along with the musical talents of  Brance Pearson and  Molly Lehrkind.

Promise_Web23Coming from Wisconsin and the plains of the Midwest , Maggie was raised among a family of musicians. She has been exploring violin and piano, and was self-taught on guitar and mandolin.

Promise The Moon Performing in Portland, Oregon
Promise The Moon Performing in Portland, Oregon

Some of Maggie’s  other projects include the soundtrack for the Portland film “Holed Up” composed by Ryan Cloutier, and Rock Opera “In Odin’s Name,” composed by Justin Radford.

Maggie Gibson Solo project

Promise The Moon