Aruba Red releases a beautifully delicate rendition of This Bitter Earth. Dinah Washington’s original was released in 1960, written by Clyde Otis. Accompanied by Nathan “Flutebox” Lee (Asian Dub Foundation, Prodigy, Foreign Beggars) and Renell Shaw (Rudimental, Jess Glynne, Anne-Marie), Aruba Red adds her own edge, rich vocals and signature vibrato to the original in homage.
On This Bitter Earth, Aruba Red said
“I was struck by the melancholy, sombre nature of the song. But one line shines a reassuring light, ‘I’m sure someone may answer my call, and this bitter earth may not be so bitter after all’. To me, that one line represents connection, connection with others, promise for the future, urging us to answer our own call, be our own hero, to never lose hope…”
Watch Aruba Red performing This Bitter Earth, filmed at The Vortex below and stream via all major digital platforms here.
Aruba Red is a London-based alternative soul artist. Borrowing her moniker from the legendary female pirate, Aruba Red is said to have been a fiery, strong, rebellious and independent female seafarer navigating a male dominated world, Aruba Red the artist wanted to evoke her spirit and embody her strength and resilience.
After a recent hiatus, she re-emerged with her most recent EP ‘Holy Waters’, released Autumn 2018. The independent offering climbed the charts and reached an impressive #7 on the iTunes Top RnB/Soul Albums Chart. Holy Waters is a musically rich, lyrically impressive celebration of feminine strength and resurrection. Futuristic Soul with an edge, fresh vibes fused with ancient wisdom, leaving you feeling inspired and uplifted.
Aruba Red redefines tragedy and trauma within beautifully evocative creations, fusing the mystical, sensual, rebirth and her own candid insights into the human psyche. She has channelled her personal journey into the bodies of her work; over recent years Aruba Red has faced the challenges of losing her father, Jack Bruce of 1960’s supergroup Cream, becoming a lone parent and, in her own words, “purifying a lifetime of toxicity”. Her unique brand of spiritual pop documents the positive energy that has come to define her.
The stories she weaves, deal with a plethora of subjects including birth, death, motherhood, the spiritual realm, self-love, breaking cycles of addiction, hope and invoking the power of the Goddess. Using all the powers the universe has to offer with an uplifting and ethereal vibe, Aruba Red seamlessly provides futuristic soul music revolving around the themes of healing and transformation, acting as a campfire for anyone who needs to feel the warmth.
Aruba Red is currently in the studio completing her next EP, out Autumn 2019.
Stream / purchase ‘This Bitter Earth’ here.
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