Video of the Day: Ruth Goller shares haunting single video from debut solo album SKYLLA

Mike Flynn
Tuesday, May 11, 2021

The renowned bassist releases the first single from her beguiling new vocal-led trio project

Ruth Goller - Photo: Paula Rae Gibson
Ruth Goller - Photo: Paula Rae Gibson

Best known for her powerful and imaginative bass playing with the likes of punk-jazz outfits such as Acoustic Ladyland and Melt Yourself Down, as well as being a member of world-jazz trio Vula Viel, Ruth Goller is set to finally release her first full solo album, SKYLLA, on 9 July on Vula Viel Records.

The group features acclaimed vocalists Lauren Kinsella and Alice Grant alongside Goller, who collectively weave intimate vocal layers around chiming bass chords and harmonics, which are generated by different tuning systems, with the ensemble’s spellbinding close harmonies creating other-worldly polyphonic songs.

The project draws inspirations from Bulgarian folk song, via free jazz and the Italian Alps from where Ruth hails, with distinctive, quirky and charming results. Goller’s longtime musical partner and husband Kit Downes produced the record, while photographer Paula Rae Gibson directed the mesmerising video for the album’s lead single as well as the cover artwork.    

Watch the video for the first single ‘Often they came to visit, even just to see how she was (M1)’ below and for more info visit


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