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Blood Ruby
Blood Ruby
New Haven, CT,
Artist Description:
Female-fronted atmospheric alternative music somewhere in the vein of dream pop, ethereal and neoprogressive rock.

Band members:
Cynthia Conrad (vocals, guitar), Margaret Browning (bass, guitar, keyboards, vocals), and Thomas Wall (guitar, bass, keyboards, programming, engineering)

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Music Style:
Dream Pop

Cocteau Twins, Kate Bush, Lush, Tori Amos

Similar Artists:
Cocteau Twins, Siddal, Halou, Hinterland

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Midsummer Fires (05:52)
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Remains of the Day (03:46)
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Sleepwalk (05:26)
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He's Lost (04:27)
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Babel Babel (05:11)
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Shan Shui (04:37)
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Underwater Place (03:21)
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Centro (04:31)
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The Night Tide (06:11)
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Bone Garden (05:13)
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Some Winters (05:06)
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The Waiting Hours (04:20)
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The Edge of the Map (04:05)
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Blood Ruby was founded in early 2001 by Thomas Wall and Cynthia Conrad, who met in an online music forum. Thomas was looking for a singer to cover a song for his Reflection Beauty project. Cynthia was a singer and songwriter in an all-girl band, looking for an additional creative outlet. Their musical chemistry was immediately apparent, and they soon began writing songs together. Some of their earliest collaborations included the unreleased songs "So What If I Do," "Queen of Snow," and "Never Touched."

Thomas and Cynthia collaborated long distance for over a year—she in New Haven, Connecticut, he in a small town outside of Chicago, Illinois. They worked on their songs via mail and email, getting together once every few months to record their creations at Thomas’ home studio.


By early 2002, Thomas and Cynthia had released several of their songs on and, including “The Edge of the Map,” “Centro,” “The Waiting Hours,” “Bone Garden,” “The Night Tide,” and “Some Winters.” Cynthia began her marketing campaign for the band, building the website and contacting would-be fans.

Meanwhile, Thomas moved to New Haven and began work on another batch of songs. Recordings from this period included “Shan Shui,” “Sky and Dryad,” “Underwater Place,” and a cover of the Cocteau Twins’ “Know Who You Are At Every Age.”


By 2003, Cynthia had parted ways with her all-girl band. Out of the ashes, Cynthia rescued Margaret Browning, who quickly became a major creative force in Blood Ruby.

Margaret’s influence added new dimensions to existing songs such as “Babel Babel,” and her contributions on new songs such as “Separate Sides” and "Sleepwalk" brought the band’s sound to a higher level. Cynthia also began offering her own songs to the cause, including “Remains of the Day,” “He’s Lost,” “Where the Rain Goes,” and “Sainte Bernadette.”

As of this writing, the band continues to work on its first full-length CD, prereleasing select songs on their website. For the latest news on Blood Ruby, please visit

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