Photo: Cole Bennetts

Ruby Fields turns an idle day into heartfelt exploration in “Bottle’o”

Australian songwriter Ruby Fields is releasing her years-in-the-making debut album Been Doin’ It For A Bit this Friday. With a string of fizzing singles behind her, she gives us one final glimpse of what’s to come in the album with the reflective new song and video “Bottle’o”. She gives us a little backstory on the track, saying:

“I wrote ‘Bottle’o’ in August 2019 living on the old farm waiting for someone to visit, who never made it. Went to the shops, tried to get money out and couldn’t. I didn’t have my ID so I had to use cash and my passport to buy beers. Got home and wrote a pretty ordinary poem about it in my opinion but then I sat at a piano and just took it from there and now it might be my favourite.”

Eschewing the fuzz guitar in favour of glistening piano, Ruby Fields takes us right into the aimlessness of an idle day in “Bottle’o”. Isolated on the farm, she begins by worrying about getting sunburned, but soon her coy songwriting goes more than skin deep, singing open heartedly about her longed-for connections and her “wishful thinking”. Placing her voice in this roomier setting gives it a different impact, a more intimately vulnerable timbre that pulls us into her inner monologue. As if conjuring some company with her sheer desire for connection, “Bottle’o” is enlivened in its final moments by a gang vocal who add a loving warmth to the final moments – reminding that she is never really alone.

Check out the video for “Bottle’o” below or find it on streaming platforms.

Ruby Fields’ Been Doin’ It For A Bit comes out this Friday, September 24. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.