Rumer’s third studio album, ‘Into Colour’, continues a personal path which already sounded like something out of a romantic novel. Sarah Joyce was born in 1979 north of Islamabad and spent her twenties in a succession of bands and a variety of service jobs. Following a succession of false starts, a chance meeting with a collaborator and a deal with Atlantic Records, Rumer began her rapid rise. The world swooned at her smoky, soothing tones, compared to those of Karen Carpenter, and the classic arrangements across 2010 debut, ‘Seasons Of My Soul’; where every song, as The Guardian put it, already sounded “like a standard”.
Having sold over a million copies worldwide, ‘Seasons…’ won the singer a Mojo Award, Brit nominations, and the support of such prominent musical figures as Burt Bacharach, Elton John and even Richard Carpenter himself, who wrote to offer her his “congratulations” for creating something “actually musical, which has been in short supply in recent years.”
The impact of her sudden success led to Rumer’s documented struggle with depression and Bipolar 2 disorder, which culminated in the final ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ sessions. She likens this time to “the end of Hamlet”, and seemed to use the sadness of other people’s songs to bury her own. “It’s as if I got through to the end of the world, to the very edge of existence, and the only other person there was Neil Young.” Yet this tumultuous period proved to be the bridge to Rumer’s first new material in four years.