Ruiz! – “Stupid Old Git”


An angsty psych-friendly sound compels on “Stupid Old Git,” a single from Sheffield, UK-based solo artist Ruiz!, the project of Hugh Ruiz Robert. Releasing on the Catalan artist’s upcoming sophomore album, out in February, “Stupid Old Git” meshes hypnotic aesthetical pursuits with biting lyrics — inspired by those who seize upon other’s misfortunes as an opportunity to manipulate.

“They want to help but the reality is that at your lowest moment, they turn and stab you in the back,” Ruiz! writes. “Like a Shakespearean drama, like Judas, Stupid Old Git is about a stupid old git I once knew.”

We’ve all met at least one person like Ruiz! describes, unfortunately, and the title-bearing chorus here proves cathartic in the sense of its relatable outpouring — in moving past that individual’s toxicity and leech-like tendencies. Hazy guitars, bouncy bass, and shimmering symphonic doses showcase the ’60s psych inspiration, with the “she said,” refrain enveloping into an angsty, rock-forward sequence — “so full of it, you stupid old git.” Ruiz! enamors with punchy psych-forward appeal on the memorable “Stupid Old Git.”

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

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

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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