Video: Ruiz! – 5 Seconds

Ruiz!, real name Hugh Ruiz, is a Sheffield-based multi-instrumentalist whose infectious and surreal new video 5 Seconds caught my attention.

By Graeme Smith

Opening with a percussive flourish and a funky bass line, 5 Seconds is the kind of track that instantly gets you moving. With elements of psych and indie folk, a la Beck, it’s difficult to categorise in terms of genre, and I think that’s the best thing about it.

Lyrically, 5 Seconds speaks of finding courage when presented with a difficult situation. It’s something Hugh has recently had a lot of experience with, twice hospitalised with Covid, and struggling to stay creative during his recovery. I’m glad he was able to regain his creative mojo, the world would definitely be poorer without his music.

You can check out the video for 5 Seconds below.

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