It's an introspective piece of pop-edged Americana...

Australian songwriter Gabriella Cilmi has signalled her return with 'Ruins'.

The star found international fame while still a teen, enjoying huge success with two major label albums.

Taking time out to re-focus, the now London-based songwriter has immersed herself in vintage Americana, citing the country-soul influences of The Band are a major source of inspiration.

New single 'Ruins' certainly channels this - written alongside her brother Joseph, it's a brave piece of introspective lyricism, one that deals with her own mental health.

A sparse but still emphatically warm recording, it was laid down at a London studio alongside producer Eliot James.

Gabriella says: "I am beyond excited to release new music again. It feels like I've been in hibernation for far too long and it would be nice to get out and tour...'Ruins' was one of those tunes that came about really quickly. It was the first time Eliot and I had worked together in about five years." 

"At that point I knew that with the new record I wanted to take things back to basics so we recorded the demo pretty simply and quickly with just guitar and piano. I didn't want to spend years on a vocal take. I wanted it to feel spontaneous, more like a live performance. The song is basically a warning to take care and treasure the ones you love. It's just as easy to build a relationship up as it is to tear it down."

Tune in now.

Gabriella Cilmi will play London's St. Pancras Old Church on November 7th - tickets are on sale now.

Photo Credit: Jess Brohier

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