Video Premiere: Ruth Moody, “The Spell of the Lilac Bloom”

The sweetest scents in the spring air waft their way from lilac blooms, transfixing bees with their olfactory spells. Lilac blooms mesmerize with their beauty and offer the promise of a season purified of the toxins of winter and the anticipation of starting anew in life and love. Like those fragrant flowers, Ruth Moody’s exquisite “The Spell of the Lilac Bloom,” the new single from her forthcoming album Wanderer (out May 17 on her own Blue Muse Records), features spellbinding layers of vocals, instruments, and lyrics as it evokes the newness and the hope of love.

Fellow Canadian Joey Landreth joins Moody on vocals set again a spare background of Moody’s crystalline banjo lines, Anthony da Costa’s lush guitar rhythms, Kai Welch’s swirling accordion, and Landreth’s spiraling resonator guitar. “The Spell of Lilac Bloom” waltzes through moments of intimacy and celebrates the dance of love.

As Moody recalls of the song: “I wrote this song while I was living in Portland Oregon, and had recently found out that I was pregnant with my son. I was full of wonder and excitement but also coming to terms with the fact that life was about to change forever. It was spring and the lilacs were in bloom—that scent would put me in a dream when I’d go out walking. One day I went out into the rain and the words to this song came into my head. I went home and put it to banjo. I played it for my partner and he immediately heard it as a duet. I was thrilled when I asked Joey Landreth to play and sing on this while I was in the studio and he said ‘Yes!’”

“The Spell of the Lilac Bloom” is out on May 3 and available HERE.

More about Wanderer, out on May 17, HERE

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