Following her 2020 and 2021 collaborative releases with sludge-punk experimentalists Thou, Emma Ruth Rundle is back with her latest solo offering, the aptly titled single "Return." The stark, piano-laced song heralds the singer-songwriter's upcoming full-length, Engine of Hell, which is due out November 5th via Sargent House (and available for pre-order now). "Return" arrived today (September 9th) accompanied with a striking music video directed by Rundle herself and heavily inspired by Jean Cocteau's Orpheus and Wim Wenders' Wings of Desire. Watch and listen above.
Rundle commented of the song and video, "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."