Newmarket, Ontario-born artist Alex Stavropoulos-Laurie makes music on his own terms. His new single, under the moniker RubēHill (pronounced Ru-bee-hill), a name taken from the main character of Flannery O’Connor’s short story A Stroke of Good Fortune, offers a taste of the freedom he employs in writing. “Apartment” draws inspiration from a wide-range of artists.
“Musically, ‘Apartment’ started with a drum beat inspired by LCD Soundsystem and Lucious. From there, the song was built bit by bit over the course of four months, with additional influence coming from Frank Ocean, Gorillaz, and Run the Jewels. It was unrelatable to anything I had previously written, and it required a certain amount of stubbornness to stick with. Lyrically, ‘Apartment’ is about being trapped in a purgatory of thought, feeling simultaneously anxious about the past and the future. I felt this way after moving into a small apartment in the city, which physically embodied my anxiety.”
Listen to “Apartment” below.
Stay tuned for updates on what’s coming next from RubēHill.