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Listen: Hey Elbow - "Ruth" [Premiere]

20 February 2015, 11:00 | Written by Laurence Day

Sweden's Hey Elbow have unveiled a new track, "Ruth", taken from upcoming LP Every Other, and you can listen to it exclusively on Best Fit.

Julia Ringdahl, Ellen Petersson and Liam Amner use their jazz backing and technical chops to carve a ruthless bout of post-rock grandiosity on "Ruth". In terms of sheer size, you're looking at Sigur Rós or Sin Fang as likenesses, but Hey Elbow also manage to be ruthlessly intimate on single number three. Instruments clatter together, vocal lines howl like squalls, and the Native American folk of Tanya Tagaq can also be gleaned - Hey Elbow don't take their foot off the gas on this one.

Speaking about their influences and style of working, Hey Elbow have said:

“In our music the sound is at least as important as the actual compositions. We like to add little details to the mix, and they don’t have to be notes, they can be just noises or hiss. They add just as much to the music as tonal things... most of our inspiration is probably unconscious. We don’t talk a lot before we write a song about how we want it to turn out; we try to just let everything happen. We have never talked about in what direction Hey Elbow should move or how we want to sound.”

Every Other is out 14 April on Adrian Recordings.

Check out "Ruth" below.

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