The singer and guitarist for California post-rock/psych-metal outfit Marriages, a member of Isis-connected post-rockers Red Sparowes, and frontwoman for atmospheric psych-folk/slowcore collective Nocturnes, singer/songwriter, guitarist, and visual artist Emma Ruth Rundle is also an accomplished solo artist. Since debuting in 2014 with the acclaimed gothic-folk/post-rock effort Some Heavy Ocean, Rundle has issued a string of evocative albums, including a 2020 collaboration with Louisiana sludge metallers Thou.
Raised in Los Angeles and based out of Louisville, Kentucky, Rundle issued a collection of ambient, experimental guitar compositions through Bandcamp before releasing a proper solo album. The resulting Some Heavy Ocean, an evocative and cathartic set of Mazzy Star-meets-Swans space/post-folk-rock that was written and recorded at the home studio of Sargent House, the Echo Park-based indie label responsible for issuing Marriages’ 2012 debut Kitsune, was released in May 2014. After the 2015 release of Marriages’ Salome, Rundle issued her brooding sophomore studio LP, Marked for Death, again on Sargent House, in 2016. The Time Between Us, a split EP with Jayle Jayle, the dark roots project of Young Widows’ Evan Patterson, arrived in 2017, followed by Rundle’s third full-length solo effort, the equestrian-themed On Dark Horses, in 2018. Two years later, Rundle collaborated with Thou for the doomy post-grunge-inspired full-length May Our Chambers Be Full. The album was a success with fans and critics alike, and in January of 2021, The Helm of Sorrow was released, a companion EP of four similarly crafted songs. ~ James Christopher Monger