Dreamy folk artist Christina Rubino recently released a collection of songs which comprise her first full-length album on her Bandcamp page as well as on Soundcloud. Though called (A)live from the Scrapheap, this is a studio album, and Rubino worked closely with NOVA Group’s prodigal producer, Jerry Farley.
Christina’s been very prevalent on the New York (Brooklyn, specifically) Alternative Americana scene for a number of years, but she’s been rather reclusive in terms of online releases. Apparently she’s found her voice, or at least wants others to find it with this new album.
While the subject matter covers pain, loss, and addiction, most of the tracks on (A)live from the Scrapheap are upbeat, folky, and a little outlaw country. The opening track, “The Gateway,” is a fun, mandolin-driven folk tune which lyrically starts a little grumpy but then becomes as uplifting as the tune. “Aria Divina,” for another example, is simple and acoustic yet tends toward a more minor key and is sweet and solemn.
The recurring theme in this album? Change. At least three of the tracks on (A)live contain some permutation of a lyric about the winds of change, and there is an air of picking oneself up and moving on after life forces these changes. Far from the political folk of Rubino’s 1960’s predecessors, (A)live from the Scrapheap is highly personal and charged with an intense desire to leave the past behind. It’s a great album with which to commiserate, or just listen with awe to the struggle of a young woman being laid out with raw feeling in music form.
(A)lie from the scrapheap can be streamed by clicking the link above or it can be purchased in full or by track on Christina Rubino’s Bandcamp page. For news and show updates go to www.christinarubino.com or Christina Rubino’s Facebook Page.
Written by Layla Marino