This post was originally published in November 2018.

I’m hearing a cross between Trixie Whitley and Laura Marling. It’s so seldom anyone can carry a song with just guitar and a vocal, and with such an easy command of her singing range, the throaty moments burn with a sort of birdsong: it’s the earthy coo of a young poetess, singing herself back from the edge.

The universal theme of making a sacrifice for someone you love, coupled with a healthy dose of defensive rage, creates a deep bed of pathos, and eventually, salvation. Sometimes, the only deal you can make is with yourself.

“Where were you
when I was on my knees
crying for a family
where were you
when I was breaking at the seams”— Ruby Gill

Ruby Gill is a singer-songwriter from Melbourne, Australia. This song is featured on our Roots Collection playlist.