There’s a certain warmth that you get when listening to Denice Quimbo’s music. It’s similar to the feeling of laying in your room, looking up at the ceiling or like reading an old diary and remembering all the emotions that came with it. Her lyrics are strangely relatable too, in that they perfectly describe the thoughts and sentiments that are difficult to explain.
Denice has been doing music since 2014, under the stage name Ruru, and has previously released EPs “Sleep” and “Far Out.“ The 21-year-old musician recently toured the United States with Mellow Fellow as a supporting act, and is now dropping her third record, “The Odds.”
“The Odds” is as dreamy and as wistful as her other music, but now with a fuller and more complete sound. Denice’s vocals on the tracks are as smooth as ever, and when combined with the cosmic synths result in an overall solid collection of work.
We chatted with Denice through email and talked about her recent US tour, her growth as an artist, and her newly released EP.
Young STAR: Hey, Ruru! Last 2019, you toured the U.S. and played in states like California and Texas. How was it like going to all these places and performing for all these people?
Ruru: Hey! The whole experience was so unreal. It was my first time visiting the US, so I was stoked. The crowd welcomed us warmly and were very friendly. Fans would really walk up to you and let you know how much they appreciate you. Burger recommendations had us eating burgers every day for the first week as we jumped city to city, biome to biome. We packed eight people (plus snacks) in a white van for four weeks driving around to play the most unforgettable shows in our lives.
How different is “The Odds” from your previous EPs?
My last two EPs were much smoother and softer in quality compared to the new record. I was learning along the way: recording demos, posting covers, just like everyone else. Both “Sleep” and “Far Out” were written during a gloomier time in my life. I was floating back and forth, college classes to the dorm, living one meal a day. Choosing to be a recluse had me rambling over a looped drum beat. Three years amounts to so much change since then. During the time of writing “The Odds,” I was traveling frequently with the band. We saw an assortment of streets and city lights that widened my perspective. There was a lot going on and it often had my mind blank because I had less idle time to introspect-retrospect. Luckily, I’ve had more time to experiment with new sounds. With this record, I wanted to focus on layers and texture; fewer words and more melodies.