For Divorce Party, Ruby immersed herself deeply into pop music and hip-hop, listening constantly to everything from Beyonc to Taylor Swift and Fiona Apple. Ruby took the songs down to Athens, Georgia with LeMaster, working with an innovative goal in mind and a new, playful approach to composition, a departure from the more indie folk-pop of her previous two albums. I wanted more of a pop-sounding record, she says. Im a songwriter first and foremost, and I think in the past it's been my nature to pick up the guitar. But I love pop music, rap and R&B. So I had a heavier hand and vision in the style I wanted this time. I learned how to make beats, and learned so much from working with Andy. He has the same love of pop music, and is fearless.
That playful love is clear in other album standouts like Faucet Love and Ancil as well, which both manage to be stirring and addictive, melding the stickiness of a pop record with experimentation via unexpected horns or skittish rhythm - that could only be tackled by someone who knows no real boundaries. And then there are also moments like Wish, with a slow-burned eighties vibe, that puts on full display the complexities within her vocal range. On I Hate You, Ruby marries beats and an upbeat melody with some deeply cutting lyrics.
I want this to be a soundtrack for anyone going through a transition, Ruby says of Divorce Party. Even though there's this connotation of disruption and heartbreak, divorce parties have a celebratory energy. Every person that we love teaches us, so when it's time to part ways I think it's beautiful to appreciate everything we've gained from the experience. I wrote these songs in a period of separation from a love. I want to release them into the world as a celebration of all that I learned during that time. It's my Divorce Party!