2015 Honorable Mention Pick 21: Ruby Amanfu

Ruby Amanfu: Standing Still (Rival & Co, 2015)

Extremely well crafted sounds and lush old school production highlight this record of covers from Nashville based singer Ruby Amanfu.  These days when great music production involves bit crushing and extreme synth pumping, the production here involves recording beautiful slide guitar for the back of the mix, percussion parts that sit just right  and making Amanfu’s voice sound great without huge-a-fying and cheese-a-fying.

Amanfu is a great singer, passionate without oversinging — panting and breathlessly working the mic and whatnot.  I especially love the Bob Dylan cover, Not Dark Yet and it’s clipped below.

Check out that tune and the rest of the record.

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