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Review: "Ruby Moon" - Viola Hutchinson



Viola Hutchinson's second official single, "Ruby Moon," is a lovely indie-pop smash with a special story behind it. At 22, Hutchinson, like all recent college graduates, was reflecting on her past and how time has gone by. While grazing through diaries and poems from her teenage years, she came across the phrase "RUBY MOON," which inspired her to write this track. An ode to nostalgia and growing up, "Ruby Moon" is an earnest and bittersweet track about looking back at who you once were and girlhood. In writing the song, Hutchinson says it was "a call to recollect with that same spirited girl eight years later." For as poetic and specific to her as this sentiment is, Hutchinson has created a song based around a universal experience, especially in women: to want to regain their childhood self. It is an attitude we have begun seeing more widely discussed recently. From phrases like "just a twenty-something teenage girl" to Greta Gerwig's Barbie, "Ruby Moon" touches on a broader idea that is important and relevant in today's age.






"Ruby Moon" is a breezy track perfect for rainy days or a midnight drive. In some ways, the indie-pop tune takes a few notes from lo-fi. It has a dulcet, dreamy sound, managing to be catchy yet lulling. Adding to this soft aesthetic are Hutchinson's vocals. She has a delicate, airy quality to her voice that glistens in "Ruby Moon"'s chorus as she croons the titular phrase. Working with Robbie Nevil, the song has a subtle, funky guitar line that keeps its indie-pop roots alive. "Ruby Moon" is an incredibly well-constructed song. Every aspect, from its instrumental to Hutchinson's vocals and lyricism, conveys the tune's emotional core. Lines like "I said all I want to do is get back / Find a way back to you" hit a universal wistfulness for childhood that so many face. "Ruby Moon" is a pretty, genuine song.


Viola Hutchinson is a 22-year-old singer-songwriter. Her musician journey started in her college years, after putting out her debut single, "Lust at First Sight," in 2020. The song has a chill Los Angeles vibe and relatable lyrics dealing with relationship issues. It currently has amassed over 4000 streams on Spotify. Viola herself has over 400 listeners on the streaming service and over 7000 likes on TikTok. Her sound is reminiscent of Phoebe Bridgers and Japanese Breakfast, who Hutchinson has cited as sources of inspiration alongside Cherry Glazerr and T. Rex. Both releases have been very strong, and it's exciting to hear where Hutchinson will go next. "Ruby Moon" is currently available to listen to on all major streaming platforms.



Written By Lauren Nolan



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