Often among the literal and metaphorical ruins, plenty of lifeâ€™s gems and lessons can be found; and for Australian producer and DJÂ GEM RPM, heartrending gold has evolved from heartbreak and self discovery, with her stunning new singleÂ Ruins, out today, softly and serenely billowing you away with its empowered authenticity. A lesson in healing and dreamy indie pop,Â RuinsÂ also provides a glance intoÂ GEMâ€™s upcoming new EPÂ ‘Healing Feelings’ which will officially release on Friday September 30.
Gentle, undulating and flowing with swooning melodics,Â RuinsÂ pits invigorating yet simplistic textures againstÂ GEMâ€™s ethereal vocals. Like a meditative surge of warmth and fresh renewal,Â RuinsÂ greets as a spiritual and slow-burning delight, softly building with sultry beats, while also acting as the perfect introduction to the broader EPÂ ‘Healing Feelings’, as GEM explains, â€œIÂ wanted the EP toÂ reintroduceÂ myself,Â starting with theÂ parts that IÂ hide theÂ most. The storyÂ begins with Ruins. I wasÂ holding on soÂ tightly to an idea that didn’t existÂ anymore – once I let thatÂ relationship shatter, theÂ breakthrough begun andÂ theÂ healing started. IÂ wanted the EP to start in mess, tangled,Â unsure, inching your way into theÂ day as we allÂ sometimes do andÂ slowly, step by step, track by track find that voice,Â that inner knowing that sets you rightÂ again.Â I made a very deliberate decision to connect all the pieces of myself and make whole, regardless how popular that may or may not beâ€.
The single is accompanied by a live videoÂ featuring Martin Estrada on guitar (Selena Gomez, Macy Gray, Gashi, Say Grace, Snoop Dog).
Balancing pensive delivery with focused intention,Â GEMâ€™s dreamy blend of liberating lyricism and transformative soundscapes practically leap out of the speakers and transports you body and soul into the subtle beauty of the world around on her upcoming EP; from the meditative experimental openerÂ Soul Bath, to the empowering spoken word ofÂ Heartfelt, the lush flow ofÂ InnerbloomÂ and the vivid vibration ofÂ Remedy, complete with a gospel choir, the broader ‘Healing Feelings’ EP offers a tangible sonic feast, simultaneously reintroducingÂ GEMÂ to the world while also stoically showcasingÂ GEMâ€™s pursuit of connection in unexpected times alongside electronic undertones, as she reveals, â€œTruth be told, this wasnâ€™t the EP I started to make. Or the one I was supposed to make. I felt myselfÂ beingÂ pulled towards aÂ very conscious creation process. I made a very deliberate decision to connect all the pieces of myself and make whole, regardless how popular that may or may not be.Â I started producing my own spiritual music and decided that I would blend wellness benefits into the mix so it was more than just another song in the background.Â I wanted to produce a project that would remind you on a deep level that there are better days ahead, that you can stop and start again at any moment and that you can manifest a healthy beautiful life – not something that would win me awards with the cool kids and I to make peace with that inside my heart.Â I was told New Age music was boring and that no one would listen, I was told that positivity was lame and people wouldnâ€™t connect with it. That I should dig deeper past just things I love. That music should express pain.Â But how can I dig past love?Â Isnâ€™tÂ love the very reason forÂ existing?â€.
Embracing lifeâ€™s highs, lows and everything in between, ultimately emerging with tales of insecurity, sex, the divine feminine and being the architect of all of your best days still to come,Â ‘Healing Feelings’Â wholeheartedly encapsulates its transformative moniker, merging clever and calm downtempo-meets-new-age beauty alongside polished production, splashes of neo soul and a significant lack of ego throughout the charming six tracks. And while undeniably flexing the scintillating creative know-how that has seenÂ GEMÂ snag millions of streams to date on Spotify so far alone as she continues to build into one of Australiaâ€™s most illustrious musical exports, the undeniable root behindÂ ‘Healing Feelings’Â is an inescapable and genuine peace as much as it is a window intoÂ GEMâ€™s own healing, as she explains, â€œI wanted to useÂ the EP to openly talkÂ aboutÂ insecurities andÂ not owningÂ your ideasÂ and how Iâ€™d beenÂ tipÂ toeingÂ and circling around myÂ truest dream, as if shrinking andÂ unthinking itÂ wasÂ somehow safeÂ keeping. I wanted a dreamy, inspiringÂ musical blend, with empowering wordsÂ and authenticÂ messages.Â I longed for the music toÂ carry you into the sunriseÂ and just sit there,Â amongst allÂ the beauty quietly complementing theÂ colours of dawn.Â TheÂ theme isÂ healing yourÂ feelings,Â cleansingÂ and starting afresh.Â Wherever you may be on yourÂ journeyâ€.
A trailblazing force in the musical world,Â GEMÂ has tirelessly worked to innovate and lead the way for local artists into the international scene. Having previously been named in the Top 5 female music producers worldwide by Showbiz Magazine,Â GEM, currently based in Los Angeles has been nominated twice at the IMAs for Best Album (Electronic) and Producer Of The Year, as well as having her debut albumÂ The2070sÂ hit #2 on the Australian iTunes Electronic Chart back in 2019. More recently,Â GEMÂ was also one of only six producers selected globally to participate in the prestigious Grammy NEXT program, mentoring underÂ Jeff GittyÂ ofÂ The Weeknd, HER andÂ John LegendÂ fame, and has also appeared at numerous high-profile gigs including TED Talks, the Emmys pre-party, Pride Miami and Pride NYC amongst countless others.Â
Percolating deep at the core of theÂ GEMÂ success story is ultimately a desire to explore her own journey, while inspiring others to do the same; something she delivers in stunning spades both onÂ RuinsÂ and the broader EP her sublime new track calls home, as she concludes,Â â€œI create music to make yourself better too.Â Music to raise your vibration with.Â Music that will encourage you to find all of the parts of yourself that youÂ alsoÂ hide and have the confidence to bring those to the world.Â Music that makes you dream more vividly, music that flips this antiquated narrative weâ€™ve been sold for generations that shadowy, non-transparent, pre-fabricated, limiting and isolating story lines are the only ones worth selling.Â I am not here to â€˜fake it until I make itâ€™, I am here to share how I manage my own health using what I do (music production) in the hopes you can take inspiration from it and it makes your life a little sweeter tooâ€.Â
For anyone grappling with heartbreak, healing or just in need of a lush and intuitive listen,Â RuinsÂ is a curative triumph against the chaos of life, and a perfect scene-setter forÂ GEMâ€™s next sonic chapter.
RuinsÂ is out now – STREAM HERE
‘Healing Feelings’Â is set for release on Friday September 30
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