Review: Permanent Hermit by Ruby Fields

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Not long after making a name for herself and bursting onto the music scene with the instant hits I Want and P Plates, Cronulla native Ruby Fields’ new album Permanent Hermit is a testament to classic indie rock and another step towards her becoming the next Australian music icon.

In an interview with Happy Mag, Ruby talks of her first EP Your Dad’s Opinion For Dinner and how its enormous success and popularity seemed surprising and unusual to her at first.

“It’s so weird because, to me, I wrote those songs when I was so young that I’m so used to them and bored of them, whereas other people are just hearing it for the first time, and they seem to really like it.”

A year on from its release, Ruby has once again given us an insight into her natural songwriting ability with her short but memorable 24 minutes and 7 songs long EP Permanent Hermit.

Beginning on a sad but beloved note, the album opens with Ruby’s defining song of 2018 –  Dinosaurs. Coming in at number nine on the Triple J Hottest 100 countdown, Ruby’s chillingly emotional vocals and lyrical storytelling come together to make a powerful ballad that would give even the oldest of listeners childhood nostalgia.

Although Ruby isn’t afraid to tug at the heart-strings with similarly emotional songs such as Dingo and Conny, what really makes this album a masterpiece are the rock-heavy and exciting songs that will have your head banging from start to finish.

With the instant classic Dodgy Neighbours (& Tax Evaders), an ode to suburban living and becoming independent, as well as the soon-to-be new anthem for a rebellious generation Trouble, it’s obvious that Ruby hasn’t differed from the loveable style that made her last EP a success, and in doing so continues to remind us why young Australians are consistently drawn to her music.

What can only be described as the defining song of this album is the three-minute and nine-second reflection of Ruby’s personality, Climate.

From the overtly Australian beginning with the line “pass us the bug-spray would ya”, to the incredibly catchy chorus celebrating “getting blind” with your mates, Ruby once again embraces her love of the Australian culture through a song dedicated to spending time with friends and having a drink or five while you’re at it.

Permanent Hermit is a definite highlight of a career that has literally only just begun. Its emotional storytelling and indie-rock tunes blend perfectly to make each song memorable,  cementing her future in transitioning from a self-described “average chick” to a generation-defining Aussie icon.





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Blake Denbrok
Third year Deakin uni student and aspiring television journo from Bendigo, Victoria. Interested in all things music, movies, tv, travelling and entertainment. Love going to festivals and also partial to a drink or two every now and then! Very interested in entertainment journalism and the creation and process behind documentary production. I especially enjoy documentaries by Louis Theroux. Big fan of different bands and artists such as The Beatles, Ruby Fields, Skegss, ABBA, Ball Park Music and Paul McCartney.


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