Kicking off the new year, we’ve got our hands on The Ruff Men’s latest single and its music video, freshly released on New Year’s Day. There’s something special about discovering great music as the year unfolds, and for me, January has always been a goldmine for such finds. This year, The Ruff Men have added themselves to my list of early-year musical treasures. Their new release is both a timely entry into the year, and it’s a standout piece in its own right.
When it comes to music, my checklist of enjoyment is quite extensive, but it’s rare that a song ticks all the boxes. What do I look for? A melody that catches and holds, a laid-back vibe that’s easy to sink into, infectious energy that you can’t shake off, and, crucially, lyrics that don’t just speak but tell a story.
And, well, The Ruff Men’s latest single manages to deliver on all these fronts. The track is a rarity that combines these elements seamlessly, but what really sets it apart is its approach to storytelling. It’s a case of lyrical finesse, and there’s a literal story that’s being told here, making the experience of listening to it both enjoyable and interesting.
“The Prince and the Maiden,” hits you with a vibe that’s both relaxing and subtly great. It’s a track that exudes mellowness from the first note, creating a really nice ambiance that’s soothing. The instrumentals here play a huge role in setting this mood. The guitars, in particular, stand out – their strumming is not just skillful but also incredibly engaging, crafting a sounds that feels akin to a laid-back day at the beach. There’s an ease to the music that’s really just all around feels good.
On top of this serene instrumental backdrop, Adrian’s vocals come in strong and commanding. His voice adds a dynamic layer to the track, perfectly complementing the calm yet vibrant energy of the music. It’s this combination of tranquil instrumentals and confident vocals that gives “The Prince and the Maiden” its unique character – a song that’s as much a mood setter as it is a display of some great duality craftsmanship.
His vocals really stand out here. It’s rich with a deep, bass quality that resonates well, creating a striking contrast against the more subdued instrumentation of the song. This contrast fits together in a way that’s very harmonious. Offering high praise, and not lightly, I would say Adrian’s vocal style in this track reminds me of the legendary David Bowie, particularly in the way he harnesses that baritone range, hitting the lower notes with an impact. It’s this kind of vocals that adds depth to the song, complementing the relaxed vibe of the music.
The harmonies from the band are another high point, with the rest of the guys syncing perfectly with Adrian’s vocals, enhancing the overall feel of the song during the later parts of the track. And let’s not overlook Jack’s contribution – there’s a moment in the song where he breaks into a short but sweet acoustic solo. His line is skillfully executed, adding another layer of richness to the track. For me this was a nice a highlight.
This is a song that gets into the nitty-gritty of a relationship. It’s about those big moments that make or break love, like when someone does something that makes you completely rethink your feelings, for better or worse. This song captures that feeling when someone says just the right thing and it’s like they’ve hit the pause button on your heart.
Just like any love story from a fairy tale, the song has a way of mixing the physical stuff, like being close to someone, with the kind of feelings you can’t put your hand on – like love being so intense, it feels like you’re dreaming. It’s all about how love can be really solid and real, but at the same time, it can sweep you off your feet.
They keep coming back to this idea of a love that’s too strong to fight, like there’s this person who’s always been your number one, your ‘Prince Charming’. It’s a clever way to say that some loves just feel destined, like no matter what, you can’t help but fall for that person.
The song also talks about the tough parts of love, like feeling guilty for wanting someone too much, or loving someone so hard it almost feels wrong. It’s honest about how love isn’t always easy or simple. And how some, might try and stop said love. There’s some cool minds eye imagery in there too, like a queen looking down from her throne. It’s like they’re reading right from a book of said love story that’s got a bit of a fairy tale twist to it.
The music video for is pretty cool as well, especially for anyone with a soft spot for comics. It’s got this cool cel shading style filter that totally gives it a comic book vibe. But of course, it matches the fairy tale story telling of the song. For someone like me, who’s always been into this kind of art and has a collection of prints from various comic artists, I’m a fan of this style
But again, it’s not just about the style – the theme of the video ties in really well with the lyrics of the song. It’s like they’ve taken the story from the track to help immerse you in the song. The way they’ve done it, the video is an extension of the story being told.
The track itself is a gem – it has everything from deep, meaningful lyrics to a catchy melody and a laid-back vibe that’s hard to come by. Adrian’s vocals bring something special to the table, hitting the perfect balance between powerful and harmonious, especially when backed by the superb instrumental work from the rest of the band. A great song from an awesome band.