Search The Line of Best Fit
Search The Line of Best Fit
Sad13 General 1 Natalie Piserchio

Sad13 shares final Haunted Painting single "Ruby Wand"

23 September 2020, 17:08 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Speedy Ortiz's Sadie Dupuis, aka Sad13, has shared a stop motion video for her final Haunted Painting single "Ruby Wand".

"Ruby Wand" is the fourth single to be shared from the upcoming Haunted Painting LP, following on from "Hysterical", "Oops...!" and "Ghost (of a Good Time)".

The track arrives with a stop motion visual directed by Benjamin Stillerman.

According to Rolling Stone, Dupuis said of the single, "Ruby’s my birthstone, thought to alleviate negative emotional energy and benefit self-awareness. So a "Ruby Wand" would be an instrument to conjure those changes. The song is about working through an OCD flare-up in the wake of complicated grief - seeking control through small rituals, good and bad."

She added, "Lyrically, it’s more literal than most of my songs, and the music mirrors that narrative. The synths are calculating but also fantastical, while the guitars and drums push against that clock in heavy chaos. Might as well also admit that "Ruby Wand" is a weapon from Star Ocean, one of my very favorite RPGs."

Haunted Painting will be Dupuis' first Sad13 album in four years, after 2016's debut LP Slugger.

Dupuis says of her second Sad13 album, "I worked on Haunted Painting throughout 2019, writing, arranging and recording from home, then finishing the songs in studios around the country in between Speedy's fly-in dates. It's maximalist, and more true to me and my tastes than any record I've done."

"Ruby Wand" is out now. Sad13's Haunted Painting album arrives Friday (25 September) via Wax Nine, and is available to pre-order now.
Share article

Get the Best Fit take on the week in music direct to your inbox every Friday

Read next