Emma Ruth Rundle

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Emma Ruth Rundle
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Background information
Born (1983-10-10) October 10, 1983 (age 36)
Los Angeles, California, United States
GenresAmbient, folk, post-rock
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, musician, visual artist
Instrumentsvocals, guitar
Years active2008–present
LabelsErrant Child, Sargent House
Associated actsFallopian, The Nocturnes, Red Sparowes, Marriages, the Headless Prince of Zolpidem, Jay Jayle

Emma Ruth Rundle (born October 10, 1983) is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist and visual artist based in Louisville, Kentucky. Formerly of the Nocturnes, she has released three solo albums and is a current member of Red Sparowes and Marriages.[1]


Rundle was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, United States, together with her sister in a household where a lot of folk music was played.[2] She has cited Kate Bush and David Lynch as influences.[2]

With her first band, the Nocturnes, she released the Wellington EP (2008) and two albums, A Year of Spring (2009) and Aokigahara (2011). Rundle also joined Red Sparowes and played on their third album, The Fear Is Excruciating, But Therein Lies the Answer, released by Sargent House on April 6, 2010.

She self-released an ambient guitar album, Electric Guitar: One, in 2011.[3] It was later reissued in 2014 by Errant Child Recordings.

In 2012, she formed the trio Marriages, who have released the Kitsune EP (2012) and Salome full-length (2015).

On January 7, 2013, she self-released the album Somnambulant, attributed to the Headless Prince of Zolpidem, which she described as "my somewhat anonymous downtempo, somewhat creepy electronic dark wave project".[4][5]

Rundle's official debut solo studio album, Some Heavy Ocean, was released on May 20, 2014 by Sargent House.[6] It was co-produced by Chris Common and recorded at the Sargent House studio. Rundle lived at the studio complex as an artist-in-residence for the period.[2] The release was accompanied by a US tour with King Buzzo.[7]

Rundle suffers from adenomyosis, which in part inspired the material on her second album, Marked for Death, produced by Sonny DiPerri.[8] It was released in October 2016 on Sargent House.[9]

In January 2017, a split EP with Jaye Jayle, titled The Time Between Us, was announced, and the song "The Distance" was made available on streaming platforms.[10][11] The EP was released by Sargent House on February 24.

Rundle's third studio album, On Dark Horses, was released on September 14, 2018.[12] It featured contributions by Jay Jayle members Evan Patterson and Todd Cook as well as Dylan Nadon of Wovenhand.[13] Also in 2018, Rundle provided backing vocals for "Just Breathe", a song on American rock band Thrice's 2018 album Palms.

In August 2019, Roadburn Festival announced that Rundle was one of two curators for the 2020 edition.[14]


with the Nocturnes[edit]

  • Wellington EP (2008, self-released)
  • A Year of Spring (2009, self-released)
  • Aokigahara (2011, The Errant Child)

with Red Sparowes[edit]

with Marriages[edit]


  • Electric Guitar: One (2011, self-released)
  • Some Heavy Ocean (2014, Sargent House)
  • Marked for Death (2016, Sargent House)
  • The Time Between Us EP split with Jaye Jayle (2017, Sargent House)
  • On Dark Horses (2018, Sargent House)

as the Headless Prince of Zolpidem[edit]

  • Somnambulant (2013, self-released)


  1. ^ James Christopher Monger. "Emma Ruth Rundle Music, Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved August 22, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "Emma Ruth Rundle Cheats on Marriages - Noisey". Noisey.vice.com. Retrieved January 26, 2017.
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ "From The Horse's Mouth: Emma Ruth Rundle on Some Heavy Ocean". Hettoblastermagazine.com. April 3, 2014.
  5. ^ "somnambulant, by The Headless Prince of Zolpidem". The Headless Prince of Zolpidem.
  6. ^ Jason Heller (May 5, 2014). "Emma Ruth Rundle of Red Sparowes goes folky on "Shadows of My Name"". The A.V. Club. Retrieved August 22, 2014.
  7. ^ Andrew Sacher (June 5, 2014). "Emma Ruth Rundle touring w/ Melvins' King Buzzo, and Cave In's Stephen Brodsky / Fang Island's Jason Bartell (dates)". BrooklynVegan. Retrieved August 23, 2014.
  8. ^ "Under Her Skin: An Interview With Emma Ruth Rundle". Musicandriots.com. October 15, 2016. Retrieved October 15, 2016.
  9. ^ "Emma Ruth Rundle streams second solo album 'Marked For Death' in full". The Independent. September 25, 2016. Retrieved October 15, 2016.
  10. ^ "Emma Ruth Rundle's Music Will Go 'The Distance'". Clrvynt.com. Retrieved January 26, 2017.
  11. ^ "Emma Ruth Rundle: Forever, As The Setting Son / The Distance". Destroyexist.com. Retrieved January 27, 2017.
  12. ^ "On Dark Horses, by Emma Ruth Rundle". Emmaruthrundle.bandcamp.com.
  13. ^ "Emma Ruth Rundle - "Fever Dreams"". Stereogum.com. June 26, 2018.
  14. ^ "Roadburn 2020: Two curators, three commissioned music projects and Julie Christmas". Roadburn. August 20, 2019.

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