EMMA RUTH RUNDLE announces new album 'Engine of Hell' + shares lead single

A moving, introspective score to the uncompromising nature of life itself.

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Cover Photograph By George Clarke

When we witnessed Emma Ruth Rundle open for Cult of Luna just prior to the COVID lockdowns with a raw and intimate opening performance, the hundreds within the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood stood in awe at the moving nature of her ballads. From one track to the next, she held a commanding presence and allowed for her material to breathe new life, life that exemplifies Emma's resonating power. Today, she announces the arrival of her next chapter, Engine of Hell, on November 5th via Sargent House.


Fronted by an emotional black and white cover photograph by Deafheaven's own George Clarke, Engine of Hell comes forth as an introspective experience of musical bliss. Lead single Return provides a glimpse at her heartfelt narrative with haunting piano melodies that touch the soul. Beyond the serenity of the track's sonic capabilities, it comes visualized by a music video inspired by Jean Cocteau’s ‘Orpheus’ (1950) and Wim Wenders’ ‘Wings of Desire’ (1987) while being directed by Emma herself.


Emma comments on the single:


“An examination of the existential. A fractured poem. Trying to quantify what something is definitely about or pontificating on it’s concrete meaning defeats the purpose of art making. I’m not a writer. I make music and images to express things that my words cannot convey or emote. I’ve been studying ballet and the practice of expression through movement, which I incorporated into the video. I choreographed a dance to the song - some of which you see. Pieces show through. Since completing ‘Engine of Hell’, I’ve stepped away from music more and more and into things like dance, painting and working on ideas for videos or little films. ‘Return’ is the result of the efforts.”


Get lost in the Return below and pre-order your copy of the record HERE.



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Photograph by Mason Rose