A match made in the paradise of Australian pop.
Ruel offered an unplugged preview of a song from his upcoming debut album, which was co-written with Tim Nelson of Brisbane’s indie pop angels Cub Spot.
“Usually I would never release an unreleased song, but I dragged this album around long enough,” Ruel wrote on Friday (July 30) in a tweet of himself performing the untitled song on Friday.
Cub Sport retweeted the video on Saturday (July 31) adding the caption: “Love this song I wrote with @oneruel last month.” Watch / listen below.
Tim Nelson, who has long been a fan of Ruel, told triple j that the two “have been talking about doing something together for quite some time.”
They had their opportunity in Sydney in June, “obviously not knowing that this would be our only chance to write together in person for a little while.”
Currently following Cub Sport’s 2020 album Like Nirvana, Nelson explains, “I was coming to Sydney to work on new stuff for the Cubbies with Nick Littlemore, and the timing was perfect to write with Ruel too.”
They couldn’t reveal the name of the touching track, but said Ruel’s highly anticipated album sounded “REALLY GOOD. I got goose bumps.”
Ruel said to triple j: “I have met [Cub Sport] a few times, crossing paths around festivals and awards shows, so it was sick to go into the studio with Tim a few months ago. I thought we were going to mix really well sonically and I’m really proud of the song we wrote. “
Ruel recently tweeted that he had “written a million songs for this album but I keep eating it”, apologizing that it “took so long”.
The 18-year-old with the golden voice is said to have recorded with PJ Harding. Songwriter of stars like Lil Nas X, Jessica Mauboy and Noah Cyrus, Harding co-wrote Ruel’s 2020 single “Too Many Feelings.”
Ruel gave a special performance of the track on ABC TV All earlier this year, where he spoke to host Linda Marigliano about working with PJ Harding.
“We liked a new sound [and] it’s much more rewarding, ”he explained. “Having only two of us in a studio… It’s very familiar, instead of going to LA or Europe and going to a session with a bunch of strangers every day. “
Ruel and Jarryd James also teamed up to close the show with a cover of “Lover, You Should’ve Come Over” by Jeff Buckley.