Ruston Kelly is releasing a new album this summer, and today he shared a spellbinding preview in the form of "Rubber," the latest glimpse of the upcoming record.
"Rubber is about the fear of being too malleable," says Kelly. "Being pulled in too many directions without honoring the substance of your own. So you question everything to get back to the essential truth of yourself. My friends and directors, Stephen Kinigopoulos and Alexa King, came up with a brilliant representation of this through the use of sign language and free form dance that perfectly exemplifies the songs intent."
The song is from Kelly's new record Shape & Destroy, which will be released Aug. 28 via Rounder Records. The album was co-produced by Kelly alongside longtime collaborator Jarrad K, recorded at Dreamland Recording Studios in upstate New York.
"Making this record definitely taught me that I don’t want to be selfish," explains Kelly. "I want to channel something larger than myself and give myself to the process as fully as possible, because these songs also become the story of whoever hears them. Whatever someone might get out of listening to this record and hearing me express myself in this way, it’s completely theirs."
In addition to Kelly and Jarrad's own vocals and instrumentation, the upcoming album also features Kelly’s father Tim “TK” Kelly on steel guitar and background vocals), with background vocals from sister Abby Kelly and wife Kacey Musgraves.
Watch the video for "Rubber" below.