Melissa Ruth drowns her listeners in whiskey one minute and beds them in wild flowers the next. Riding Mercury is a powerful, sorrowful exploration of life "between the banner of Heaven and the manor of Hades."
"Today is a loaded gun/Each minute a ticking time bomb/Calm is relative to desire/And today baby is fire." With simmering songs and smoldering vocals, Ain't No Whiskey sets out to burn the house down.
Recorded over the course of three days in Northern California, Underwater and Other Places chronicles Melissa's earliest songs. Penned during her late teens and early 20s, the songs on Underwater showcase the undeniable potential of this young artist. Recorded live in one room with no over-dubs or re-takes, Underwater maintains a raw touch, unencumbered by heavy production. The resulting work shows a maturity of artistry and plays like a live house show might: intimate and engaging.