Emma Ruth Rundle releases new video, “The Company”, Engine Of Hell out now on Sargent House

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Emma Ruth Rundle’s lauded new album Engine of Hell is stark, intimate, and unflinching. For anyone that’s endured trauma and grief, there’s a beautiful solace in hearing Rundle articulate and humanise that particular type of pain not only with her words, but with her particular mysterious language of melody and timbre. The album captures a moment where a masterful songwriter strips away all flourishes and embellishments in order to make every note and word hit with maximum impact, leaving little to hide behind.

Just off the heels of its release, Rundle has unveiled another stunning and self-directed video for Engine of Hell’s “The Company”. The visual was made on the Isle of Skye. Rundle reveals, “I dreamed this visual poem about innocence of the spirit, sadness and the dark deceiver I spend my life trying to run from. Or is it a friendly entity? What does it mean? Upon waking – I acquired the equipment and made a plan to film it. I enlisted the help of my dear friend, Blake Armstrong, who helped shoot and plays part in the video as well. It was edited by Brandon Kahn. Written, directed and shot by me.”

Emma Ruth Rundle has always been a multifaceted musician, equally capable of dreamy abstraction (as heard on her debut album Electric Guitar: One), maximalist textural explorations (see her work in Marriages, Red Sparowes, Nocturnes or collaborations with Chelsea Wolfe and Thou), and the classic acoustic guitar singer-songwriter tradition (exemplified by Some Heavy Ocean). But on Engine of Hell, Rundle focuses on an instrument that she left behind in her early twenties when she began playing in bands: the piano. In combination with her voice, the piano playing creates a kind of intimacy, as if we’re sitting beside Rundle on the bench, or perhaps even playing the songs ourselves.

Engine of Hell is available now on Sargent House. Rundle performs for the first time since 2019  at Substance LA next Friday, November 26 at The Belasco Theater. She also returns to the EU/UK next year for a Spring 2022 headlining run. For a full list of dates, see below.

Emma Ruth Rundle Live Dates:

26/11/21: Los Angeles, CA – Substance Festival at The Belasco Theater (Tickets)

22/07/22 – 07/24/22: Moran, WY – Fire in the Mountains (Tickets)

Europe 2022

05/02 Dampierre FR – Le Temple Dampierre Les Bois

06/02 Ghent BE – Minard Schouwburg

08/02 London UK – Clapham Grand

09/02 Manchester UK – Stoller Hall

10/02 Bath UK – Komedia

12/02 Bruxelles BE – Botanique Museum 

13/02 Paris FR – Théatre L’Européen

14/02 Lille FR – Église Saint Étienne

15/02 Rennes FR – Antipode

18/02 Nijmegen NL – Stevenskerk

19/02 Bochum DE – Christuskirche

20/02 Hamburg DE – Nachtasyl

22/02 Berlin DE – Heimathafen 

23/02 Leipzig DE – UT Connewitz 

25/02 Porto PT Casa Da Música

26/02 Lisboa PT – Culturgest

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