New album out now

New album out now

Groundwork Rising, Ruben Hein’s new album, is in many ways a step forward to the beginning, and to simplicity. From the moment he first sat at his parents’ piano, music was an inexhaustible source of inspiration, energy, and discovery. But as he got older, he lost that magical feeling; music no longer amazed and surprised the way it used to. Wanting to recapture that he set out on a quest; to find truth, to find beauty, to find himself.

Hein decided to take what he’d learned and dilute it down to its very essence. “I love to play the piano,” he says. “And I love to sing.” A challenge began to take shape – to write honest, heartfelt songs that needed no embellishment. In other words, to get back to basics; just him, a piano, and his voice.

Solitary writing sessions in the woods were scheduled, with only an old red piano for company. Sequestered away in seclusion, far away from drama of daily life, Hein could allow “the great nothing” to take over. Slowly but surely, ideas drifted in from the cold, little hooks and melodies to be caught and developed. He even picked up a guitar, another step outside the limits he felt had been placed around him. And he crafted and tweaked, following his instincts wherever they led.

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The result is a stunning collection of twelve wistful songs that meander and soar. He may be drawing from many, disparate influences – Radiohead’s sense of grandeur, Paul Simon’s timeless pop melodies, the quiet grace and beauty of Thomas Dybdahl – but Hein swirls all these into something unique. Groundwork Rising excels at creating and sustaining moods, flowing from gentle warmth to more dramatic, mournful moments with ease and sophistication. It’s unhurried too, the songs allowed to linger gently, unfurling at their own pace.

Throughout, the instrumentation is deft and subtle, never intruding, never overbearing. And while some of Groundwork Rising’s most beautiful moments find Hein alone at his piano, he’s at his most visceral and potent when striving for the epic. ‘Eyes’ has all the swagger of a rock classic, but it’s the scorching riffs and sky-high chorus of ‘Gameshow’ that really steals the show. It’s the song that will kill attempts to pigeonhole him once and for all, and proof that going full circle has paid a very rich dividend indeed.

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Juggler
Kind Of Kin
Everything I Say (Magnolia)
Juggler
Kind Of Kin
Everything I Say (Magnolia)
Juggler
Kind Of Kin
Everything I Say (Magnolia)
Juggler
Kind Of Kin
Everything I Say (Magnolia)

Tour

06
Apr
Groundwork Rising Tour
Burgerweeshuis
Deventer
07
Apr
Groundwork Rising Tour
De Vorstin
Hilversum
11
Apr
Groundwork Rising Tour
De Helling
Utrecht
12
Apr
Groundwork Rising Tour
Doornroosje
Nijmegen
14
Apr
Groundwork Rising Tour
Nieuwe Nor
Heerlen
15
Apr
Groundwork Rising Tour
Effenaar
Eindhoven
20
Apr
Groundwork Rising Tour
Gigant
Apeldoorn
22
Apr
Groundwork Rising Tour
Paradiso Noord
Amsterdam
28
Apr
Groundwork Rising Tour
Mezz
Breda
29
Apr
Groundwork Rising Tour
Oosterpoort
Groningen
11
May
Groundwork Rising Tour
Paard
Den Haag
12
May
Groundwork Rising Tour
Patronaat
Haarlem
13
May
Groundwork Rising Tour
Bird
Rotterdam
17
May
Groundwork Rising Tour
Hedon
Zwolle
23
May
Groundwork Rising Tour
Paradox
Tilburg
25
May
Groundwork Rising Tour
Gebr. Nobel
Leiden
26
May
Groundwork Rising Tour
Victorie
Alkmaar

Music

Check Ruben on Spotify
Albums, EP's & Playlists
Groundwork Rising
LP - 2018
Dressed Up
LP - 2014
Hopscotch
LP - 2013
Revisited
LP - 2012
Ruben Hein Live
LP - 2011
Loose Fit
LP - 2011

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Pr: Colette Hermans <Colette@takeaim.nl>
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