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No Vacancy by Ruby Gilbert – Premiere

22 April 2021 | 12:01 pm | Mallory Arbour

Brisbane’s sonic enchantress Ruby Gilbert is releasing her heart-aching single No Vacancy – and we have your first listen ahead of tomorrow's release.

Known for her distinctive sound that expertly blends the old with the new to create an irresistible combination of folk-rock and blues with a vintage Americana twist, Brisbane’s sonic enchantress Ruby Gilbert is releasing her heart-aching single No Vacancy – and we have your first listen ahead of tomorrow's official release.

No Vacancy showcases her ability to meld genres and create unique sonic experiences that highlight her compelling storytelling. The song moves fluidly on its journey picking up layers of instrumentation as the emotional turmoil builds along the way. Opening with acoustic guitar as Ruby’s vocals power the song forward, each pit stop delivers an additional layer of surging sounds, including a soaring trumpet, chilling electric slide guitar riffs and stomping drums.

Ruby’s vocals are the driving force of the song, and her crystal-clear tone dripping with an aching passion that simultaneously yearns for romance whilst drowning in hopelessness. This is echoed in the lyrics written while Ruby was on tour, travelling from one hotel room to the next.

Ruby says, “No Vacancy is about the early stages of a romance and the inevitability of it coming to an end. I wrote the song in 2018 and was on tour at the time, and had been spending a lot of time in hotel rooms, which I felt fit the theme of the song.”

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No Vacancy has already received a Queensland Music Award nomination, with winners to be presented under the decadent chandeliers of the Fortitude Music Hall on Wednesday 5 May in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley.

Ruby released her debut EP Dearly Beloved in 2018. The EP featured her debut single Oh Bones, which she also received a Queensland Music Award nomination for. She has played multiple prominent festivals around Australia including BIGSOUND and has opened for the likes of C.W. Stoneking, Justin Townes Earle and The Teskey Brothers.

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