Formed back in 2012 and comprised of Gabbi Coenen (vocals), Darren Denman (keys/piano), Zack Hartmann (bass), Oscar Rodriguez (guitar) and Jay Rudolph (drums), the Brooklyn-based quintet of Ruby My Dear (presumably named after the Thelonious Monk composition) have received quite a bit of attention across the blogosphere for a sound that possesses elements of jazz, electronica, pop and indie rock. Although they’ve been compared to the likes of Dirty Projectors, London Grammar, Portishead and even Hiatus Kaiyote, their later single “Balloons” reminds me a bit more of BRAIDS’ impressive Flourish//Perish as the the song is comprised of swirling electronics, sinuous and looping synths, jazz-based drumming, guitar and paired with ethereal vocals in an atmospheric and moody mix that builds up to a flurry before fading out. And much like BRAIDS, “Balloons” manages to be complex yet accessible. 

The recently released official video contains live footage of the band performing “Balloons” at the soon-to-be closed Glasslands Gallery.

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