Paolo Ruiu – “Never An Easy Way Out”


Showing a late-night mystique in its guitar/synth intertwining, “Never An Easy Way Out” is the latest single from London-based artist Paolo Ruiu. Embracing lush vocal dreaminess and subdued guitar tones amidst spacey synths, the track was created on a Tascam 424 cassette recorder, utilizing Roland Space Echo and Epiphone Casino.

The verses engross with steady momentum, as a bass-fronted peppiness combines with Ruiu’s laid-back inflection. A moment like 01:20 captivates; the eerie synth lingering meshes with Ruiu’s wordless vocal yearning, enhancing the already-immersive soundscape. Resonating, buzzier guitars enter in the final minute, mixing beautifully with these dazed vocals and glistening synths. “Never An Easy Way Out” is a contemplative standout from Paolo Ruiu.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of June 2023’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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