SINGLE REVIEW: RUEL – Painkiller

Ahead of his biggest headline Australian tour yet which kicks off this week with a sold out show in Brisbane, Ruel has dropped a new song that continues his journey of maturity. The dark and moody ‘Painkiller’ is taken from his forthcoming second EP which will become a very exciting and important coming of age story for the Sydney singer-songwriter. At only 16 years old, Ruel is already years ahead with his maturity which sees him joining the likes of Billie Eilish, Carlie Hanson and Grace Vanderwaal who are all very young and individually killing it with their mature and intimate sounds. This vulnerable track reflects on the concept of how someone can be the antidote to all your bad times and all your questioning thoughts. Also the idea that someone can numb the pain and make you feel instantly better, just like how a painkiller has the same effect when you feel sick. “Cause you’re my painkiller. When my brain gets bitter, you keep me close. When I’ve been miserable and it takes forever to let my brain get better, you keep me close”. Growing it’s moody atmosphere through it’s soul-pop production, he cites influences from the likes of Frank Ocean, Khalid and James Blake which is a very interesting list of artists for an artist his age. This sound is so soulful and heartfelt that you can’t help but be immediately drawn in. The production has enough pop polish that it stands out on a mainstream marketing level and makes sense sonically to introduce him to a even bigger audience. He is an artist with a whole of potential and this song proves that because it has hit written all over it.  

PAINKILLER AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES

Sunday 5 May – The Tivoli, Sydney *SOLD OUT*

Wednesday 8 May – The Forum, Melbourne 

Thursday 9 May – Uni Bar, Hobart *SOLD OUT*

Friday 10 May – The Forum *SOLD OUT*

Saturday 11 May – Vanfest, Forbes

Thursday 16 May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney *SOLD OUT*

Saturday 18 May – Bass in The Grass, Darwin

Sunday 29 May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney *SOLD OUT*

Friday 31 May – HQ Complex, Adelaide

Sunday 1 June – Astor Theatre, Perth *SOLD OUT*

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