Moncrieff has just dropped his brand new single “Ruin” across all digital platforms, today 17 June via energie.
Hot on the heels of his smash single “Warm” – an instant hit that went top 10 in Irish Radio and saw the up-and-coming musician perform live on Germany’s ARD Network (“Frühstücksfernsehen”) – Moncrieff is about to unleash his latest heartfelt summer anthem “Ruin”, a moment of epiphany turned into a song.
Moncrieff knows how to create sonic contrasts: He knows how to build soaring hooks, how to juxtapose calm verses and hugely explosive choruses, how to bridge the gap between vulnerable falsetto and raucous feel good moments. Latest case in point is his new single “Ruin”: “I’ve been thinking ’bout skipping this town,” he sings and thus describes “that rare moment when you wake up and realise that you’re done running on yourself and the people who love you” as he puts it.
“‘Ruin’ is about learning to open yourself back up to people after going through loss,” adds the singer who lost two siblings as a teenager. “Learning to love and accept love again can be the most difficult thing to do, but finding that person or people in your life who see you for who you are with all your flaws and insecurities, and love you nonetheless, is what makes it worth it.” Facing his fears and daring to let other people in, the arrangement perfectly mirrors the emotional roller coaster ride – and once the pre-chorus sets in, it’s clear that he won’t ruin it this time…
The inspiration for the new single came at “the strangest time” he adds. “Last summer I was lying on a rooftop at five in the morning with three of my best friends, watching the sun come up, and I realised that these are the moments that you live for. The moments where you are both vulnerable and invincible at the same time and for a brief second, absolutely nothing in the world could stop you. It doesn’t matter what comes next because right then, in that very moment, nothing can harm you.”
In love with classic Soul and R&B (Otis Redding, Etta James, and Ray Charles) at the age of 16, music became increasingly important as an outlet for the Irish-born songwriter when suddenly his sister and, only two years later, his older brother passed away. Eventually moving to London to really focus on music and his craft, it didn’t take long until some of the biggest names took notice: A friend got him to sing backing vocals for Adele who was shooting a BBC performance, and shortly after the release of his debut single in 2017, he learned that even Sir Elton John had played the single on his show. He released an EP entitled “The Early Hurts” in 2019, only to take some more time to work on his craft as a songwriter: “I now have the tools to create really personal, simple and direct songs that don’t need to have any bells and whistles to tell the story. Music has always been a lens that I use to look at the world… and to process my feelings.”
His sophomore single for energie – “Ruin” – zooms in on that moment when the sun finally comes up, when the demons from the past suddenly disappear.
Following his recent Irish nationwide tour, Moncrieff is set to take to stages across the country this summer including Indiependence Festival, and is appearing as a special guest for Stereophonics at Fairview Park.
“Ruin” the brand new single from Moncrieff is now across all digital platforms via energie.
Watch video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swtPy1HgMgw