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Alive People

by Ruth Garbus

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mickyfitz808 Reminds me a lot of Court and Spark and Ladies of the Canyon era Joni. The synths and vocal chops of Kleinmeister, but the solitude of Rendezvous with Rama. I find it easy to describe in terms of other things but hard to describe the emotions that it makes me feel! These summer-y odes to that seem to be directed to a teenage New Englander really resonate with me, an almost not-teenage New Englander, two decades later, but I think anyone could see themselves in these songs!
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t w g her local splendor shows earnest brilliance while eating the universe Favorite track: Whisper in Steel.
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    High quality, incredibly soft, 100% cotton, light pink long-sleeved tees. Made by Comfort Colors. Green embroidery on the left breast is about 2" wide, and reads "Alive People Ruth Garbus" with a couple hearts. These are above-average band tees. Cozy enough to sleep in, stylish enough for semi-casual work wear. BUTTER SOFT. So soft it's like they've been worn and washed a thousand times over fifty years by a sweet little old man, but they're brand new. A special shout out to Dave at Emulsion Embroidery for helping out with the design. If you see Ruth perform live you will hear her give a spiel about how wonderful these shirts are. Don't miss out. Also, light pink is a very nice color that is flattering on everyone and will bring you joy.

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    160 gram vinyl LPs with full color photo labels in poly-lined innersleeves & extra heavyweight, full color photo jackets with complete album lyrics. Cover art by Audrey Weber, design by Jess Jones. 13 tracks, 40 minutes.

    Vinyl manufactured by Smashed Plastic in Chicago, IL

    300 copies on classic black vinyl
    450 copies on cotton candy pink vinyl
    50 copies on transparent pink vinyl (tour only)

    VINYL SHIPMENT DELAYED UNTIL LATE SEPTEMBER!
    SORRY, WE WANNA GET IT PERFECT. <3

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    160 gram vinyl LPs with full color photo labels in poly-lined innersleeves & extra heavyweight, full color photo jackets with complete album lyrics. Cover art by Audrey Weber, design by Jess Jones. 13 tracks, 40 minutes.

    Vinyl manufactured by Smashed Plastic in Chicago, IL

    300 copies on classic black vinyl
    450 copies on cotton candy pink vinyl
    50 copies on transparent pink vinyl (tour only)

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    Professionally replicated compact discs packaged in 6-panel, full color photo wallets with complete album lyrics. Cover art by Audrey Weber, design by Jess Jones. 13 tracks, 40 minutes.

    CDs manufactured by Disk Makers in Pennsauken, NJ.

    500 copies

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about

Songs are awake when you sing them. Electricity flows between the performer and the performee: Alive People. It feels and vibrates in front of a velvet curtain, and all the way to the back of the club. Electricity flows through the board and the amps and the mics. The whole room is a body of different kinds of waves and they become one thing.
To capture that, and then be able to take those clean tapes – direct – and get them mixed by Justin Pizzoferrato like they were printed in a soundproof recording cave...that creates the potential for magic. A glittering, frontal, activated, sumptuous play emerging from the wave of a misty sparkler.

Ruth Garbus’s Alive People is a studio album full of underground anthems for sensitive people of all ages that happened to be recorded in a club with an audience of a hundred.

In between the compositions are interstitial improvisations that happened on stage during the performance. These are not presented in sequence. It’s not a lesser copy of a moving experience. It’s an echoing recreation, traveling- out photons bent thru and into a pastel rainbow.

Ruth was joined on stage at different points by collaborators: elie mcafee-hahn on synth and bass, Julie Bodian on atypical guitars, Julia Tadlock on voice and presence. Nick Bisceglia engineered, with Ruth’s two vocal mics taped together, the room split to its mid and sides, the pop filter a matte circle in front of the shimmering curtain.

Raising the wand and looking up you see on one side an evergreen, on the other a childhood bedroom, and in between Alive People.

All the compositions on Alive People are by Ruth Garbus (b. 1981), a resident of Brattleboro, VT. Other current projects include Earth Flower and Gloyd. Alive People will be released on Orindal Records on August 25, 2023.

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released August 25, 2023

1 Julia *
Julia Tadlock

2 Mono No Aware †
Ruth Garbus vocals and guitar
Julia Tadlock vocals

3 Healthy Gamer †
Ruth Garbus vocals
elie mcafee-hahn synthesizer

4 Somerset Rind *
by elie mcafee-hahn
elie mcafee-hahn synthesizer
Ruth Garbus vocals

5 Rubber Tree †
Ruth Garbus vocals and guitar
elie mcafee-hahn bass

6 A Philosophicall Key *
by Julie Bodian
Julie Bodian guitar

7 Whisper in Steel †
Ruth Garbus vocals and guitar
elie mcafee-hahn synthesizer

8 Waiting on the Sun †
Ruth Garbus vocals and guitar
Julia Tadlock vocals
Julie Bodian guitar

9 Powder of Sympathy *
By elie mcafee-hahn
elie mcafee-hahn synthesizer

10 Pastel Umbrella †
Ruth Garbus vocals and guitar
Julie Bodian guitar

11 Sports †
Ruth Garbus vocals and guitar
elie mcafee-hahn synthesizer

12 Reenchantment of the World †
Ruth Garbus vocals and guitar
Julia Tadlock vocals
elie mcafee-hahn synthesizer

13 Jessie Farms Nothing ‡
Ruth Garbus vocals and guitar


Recorded at 10 Forward in Greenfield, MA in front of a live audience
Engineered by Nick Bisceglia
Mastered by Matthew Barnhart
* mixed by elie mcafee-hahn, Nick Bisceglia, and Ruth Garbus
† written by Ruth Garbus (Video Piano, ASCAP), mixed by Justin Pizzoferrato
‡ written by Ruth Garbus (Video Piano, ASCAP), mixed by elie mcafee-hahn, Nick Bisceglia, and Ruth Garbus
Tracks 4, 9, 13 sound design by elie mcafee-hahn
Cover painting by Audrey Weber
Cover design by Jess Jones
Photographs by Josh Steele

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Ruth Garbus Brattleboro, Vermont

Ruth Garbus (she or they pronouns, b. 1981) is a musician living in Brattleboro, VT. Primarily a songwriter and vocalist, Ruth has released numerous solo albums, EP's, and singles. She is also a member of the groups Earth Flower and Gloyd.

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