4 Songs, 16 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Boasting melancholy midtempo piano chords, a dreamy fairy-tale filter that adds a frisson of fantasy to even everyday heartache, and supple, soulful vocals that splinter just so in moments of aching emotion, Ruth B.’s debut feels strikingly polished. Recorded in a flash after the Canadian singer/songwriter’s tuneful Vine clips made her a viral sensation, The Intro is short, sweet, and deeply enchanting—especially the track “Golden,” which hints at Adele’s mellower moments.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Boasting melancholy midtempo piano chords, a dreamy fairy-tale filter that adds a frisson of fantasy to even everyday heartache, and supple, soulful vocals that splinter just so in moments of aching emotion, Ruth B.’s debut feels strikingly polished. Recorded in a flash after the Canadian singer/songwriter’s tuneful Vine clips made her a viral sensation, The Intro is short, sweet, and deeply enchanting—especially the track “Golden,” which hints at Adele’s mellower moments.

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4 3:27

About Ruth B.

The music career of Ruth Berhe (Ruth B), a contemporary singer and songwriter, began in unintended fashion. In December 2014, the Edmonton, Alberta native posted a clip to video-sharing network Vine, in which she could be heard singing a sorrowful original melody with lyrics inspired by the dramatic fairy-tale series Once Upon a Time. The clip's popularity encouraged her to write a full song, "Lost Boy." A performance was uploaded the following month to YouTube, and a studio version was eventually made available for download. "Lost Boy" prompted covers by many aspiring musicians, and it also earned the interest of major label Columbia, which signed Berhe in July 2015. By the end of the year, The Intro -- a four-song EP completed during two days at a Brooklyn studio -- was released for streaming and downloading. It featured "Lost Boy," as well as three other songs consisting of just her voice and keyboards. The following year saw Berhe head into the studio with Grammy-winning producer/songwriter Joel Little to begin work on her debut full-length. The resulting Safe Haven dropped in May 2017. ~ Andy Kellman

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