Recent Vermont transplant, Katy Hellman, hit the ground running when she arrived in our beautiful city. Her latest project, Ruby, released their very first music video for the cutting and thoughtfully beautiful single, Muted Greens, today and let me tell you we are HERE FOR IT.
The video is straightforward and truly invokes the feeling of the song itself. This sentiment from Katy perfectly sums up that feeling: “Each time I play [Muted Greens] I get to the bottom of my experience of rage to find my raw beating heart at the center of it all. It helps me find the strength I need to show up for myself.” Katy tells me that it was never their intention to shoot a music video for this song. She changed her mind immediately after her bandmate, Steven Lebel, showed her music videos by Kate Bush that led her to decide, “I’m a dancer!” I personally love this approach to decision-making. While Katy says that this was a “classic Leo season” moment, I whole-heartedly identify with this a bit of a compulsive Aries.
“Each time I play [Muted Greens] I get to the bottom of my experience of rage to find my raw beating heart at the center of it all. It helps me find the strength I need to show up for myself.”
ANYWAY. Using borrowed light and smoke machines from their friends, Katy and Steve set off to create this impromptu music video for a song about the “chaotic and disorienting moment of encountering our shadows.” This music video perfectly encapsulates that feeling. Katy’s natural movements feed the introspective nature of the song itself. Without adding any extra bells and whistles, you really get the feeling that she is grappling with an internal conflict. Katy tells us that the song is also “an ode to the courage it takes to find the capacity to love ourselves fully in the face of deep shame and fear.” This idea is really enhanced by the blue tones, shadowy effects and the singular focus on Katy throughout the video.
Ruby is planning to release a full length album this summer. Stay tuned! You can catch them at World Cafe Live on February 19th (tickets here) and follow them on alllll: INSTAGRAM / FACEBOOK / SPOTIFY / BANDCAMP