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Ruel Urges You To Overcome Self-Sabotage On New Single ‘You Against Yourself’

Ruel has shared a new single titled ‘You Against Yourself’, a deceptively buoyant pop banger about a loved one’s attempts at self-sabotage. Above a bed of bright guitars, synths and electronic percussion, the Sydney singer-songwriter pleads with them to accept assistance and push through their demons. “I wanna help you but I can’t so I’m walking away / I’m rooting for you, still rooting for you,” Ruel sings.

In an accompanying statement, the songwriter elaborated: “[‘You Against Yourself’] is about someone in my life who has lots of self-destructing qualities. It’s about that feeling of reaching out to them to let them know the direction they’re heading in isn’t healthy and even though it seems like there’s little hope and you feel helpless, you’re still rooting for them.” The new song arrives alongside a video directed by Jeremy Koren aka Grey Ghost.

Watch the Video for Ruel’s ‘You Against Yourself’

‘You Against Yourself’ is the third single Ruel has released in the past 12 months, following ‘Let The Grass Grow’ and last December’s ‘Growing Up Is_____’. While it’s yet to be announced, the singer-songwriter is readying his debut album, which follows three EPs – 2018’s Ready, 2019’s Free Time and 2020’s Bright Lights, Red Eyes.

Next week, Ruel will perform his first hometown show in two years with a free gig at Sydney’s Enmore Theatre on Tuesday, 23rd August (tough luck if you missed tickets, though, as they were all snapped up within a minute of becoming available.) That comes after his planned Splendour in the Grass set was cancelled last month due to wet weather conditions.

Further Reading

Listen To Ruel’s New Single ‘GROWING UP IS _____’

Dylan J & Ruel’s New ‘Notice Me’ Music Video Is Cuteness Overload

Watch Ruel & Jarryd James Cover Jeff Buckley’s ‘Lover, You Should’ve Come Over’ On The Set

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