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Sea to Sky Out Now

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Rubymink’s second release, ‘Sea to Sky’ is a sonic and psychedelic rock experience with thunderous highs and melodic lows featuring Stevyn Llewellyn and Cati James. Released August 5, 2016, available for streaming on Apple Music: https://itun.es/us/EBoceb and also currently available on Bandcamp. https://rubymink.bandcamp.com/album/sea-to-sky
Rubymink’s second release was recorded in Portland, Oregon and New York, New York from 2015-2016. ‘Sea to Sky’ delves into sonic landscapes and electronic forays into psychedelic rock, inspired by nature, life experience and space. The album was written and arranged by Stevyn Llewellyn, and features the vocal contributions of Cati James. The album was mixed and mastered by Ryan Connor of Mindcycle studios in 2016.

Gypsy Woman Demo

A special demo of  a new track in the works, Gypsy Woman featuring Stevyn Llewellyn and Cati James

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Headed down that wide and open road
Your hands are empty but your pockets full of gold
It’s time to say goodbye to the days of old

You’ve got some magic, won’t you share it with me?
You cast a spell woman, you cast it on me

Gypsy woman where you lay your head is your home
From the mountainside to the streets of Rome

There’s something outside that makes you shine
I know inside that you will never be mine
restless woman please take your time

You’ve got a gypsy heart
You’ve got a restless mind
You’ve got a gypsy heart

Wake up with the sound of a crow
pack your things head to Mexico
you don’t belong to anyone at all

 

Apollo Demo



A demo of one of our new tracks in the works, Apollo, featuring Stevyn Llewellyn and Cati James, 2015.

Lyrics .:.
Hey Man Whats the rush no need to try to make me understand
because I’ll do what I can to get out of this land and find a new one to settle in.
No traffic, no cracks in the pavement
Just pure nature

Breathe in take a seat, sit down at the table pour the wine and break bread with the angels
Turn your thoughts to the celestial

I’ve got two feet they’re going to help me climb
I stand on hills they’re old as time
You can take your time but we’ll be fine
Into the void watch the stars fly by

Faster than an arrow
Flying with Apollo
Quicker than a sparrow
I feel it in my marrow
Faster than an arrow
Flying with Apollo
Quicker than a sparrow
I feel it in my marrow

We’re flying with Apollo

Restless Eyes


They say time — time is money
one or the other
you’ll never have enough money
you’ll never have enough money
just give me the time

just give me the time

Restless eyes meeting mine
I warm your hands in the wintertime
I wander streets with no sign
watching the weather turn on a dime

Can’t get no flower without the thorn
Won’t get no rainbow with no storm

Looking back at all those things I’ve seen
it’s not like a gypsy would know
some say the bloom is off the rose
my highs are as big as my lows
so come here my lover
and sit close beside me
and spread out a blanket
and fill our eyes with the stars

They say time — is better than money
one or the other
you’ll never have enough money
you’ll never have enough money
just give me the time

Don’t need no money
just give me the time
give me the time

give me the time
give me the time
give me the time

Restless eyes meeting mine
I warm your hands in the wintertime
I wander streets with no sign
watching the weather turn on a dime

Restless eyes meeting mine
I warm your hands in the wintertime
I wander streets with no sign
watching the weather turn on a dime

Can’t get no flower without the thorn
won’t get no rainbow with no storm
some say the bloom is off the rose
but my highs are as big as my lows

And the ocean is deep
and the river’s wild
and there’s light on my side

light on my side
light on my side
light on my side
light on my side
light on my side
light on my side
light on my side

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Track released 01 August 2014
Llewellyn | James
© Rubymink, 2014

Rubymink on Bandcamp Special

A special birthday discount on the debut album — $6 gets you the whole LP, as well as a free download of “Right As Rain”. Pick it up and feel the love.

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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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