4TH WALL is set to arrive this March!
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ARIA-Award-winning and multi-platinum artist, Ruel has treated us all with the announcement of his hotly-anticipated debut album, 4TH WALL. The release is accompanied by a brand new taste of the record, MUST BE NICE.
Opening with delicate piano melodies, Ruel's mesmerising vocals unfurl above as he documents the lingering emotions of a breakup and the inability to move on whilst your former partner has a new life. The ballad shows a more a intimate side to the musician, with vulnerable falsetto vocals soaring into a raw and emotional performance.
“MUST BE NICE is the first time I’ve ever released a ballad as a single, and it would have to be one of my favourite tracks on the record. Lyrically it's such an easy song to grasp, essentially it’s just about a break up. But I wanted to take a step back and try and give it a new perspective. All break ups are difficult in their own way, but when you see the other person getting on with their life, it hits so much harder. I feel like the lyric ‘fuck, it must be nice’ captures that perfectly.” Ruel shares of the track.
He adds of the album, “It took way longer than anticipated to get this record right. I spent the last 3 years writing it and wound up with over 100 songs. I rewrote half of them and re-recorded most of them, until they sounded exactly as I heard them in my head. It’s been the biggest journey making this record and I know I kept you waiting for it, but on March 3rd, it’ll be all yours. I’m so proud of it, thank you so, so much for sticking with me.”
Having made his debut in 2017 with Golden Years, Ruel has amassed over 2 billion global streams across his catalogue, which includes three EP's and a string of singles. The musician has sold-out three world tours, collaborated with the likes of Denzel Curry, Cosmo’s Midnight and Omar Apollo, and took home the ARIA Award for Breakthrough Artist in 2018 - where he remains the youngest artist ever to do so. Last year, Ruel offered glimpses into 4TH WALL with the release of GROWING UP IS_____, YOU AGAINST YOURSELF and SOMEONE ELSE’S PROBLEM.
4TH WALL is out March 3! Listen to MUST BE NICE below.