Last April, after a few years of breaking into the music business by opening for Khalid and Shawn Mendes, Ruel Vincent van Dijk finally released his years-in-the-making debut album 4th Wall.
The record was inspired by three separate ideas the 20-year-old Aussie had during COVID lockdowns: A concept album based on “The Truman Show,” a collection of depressing folk songs, and a collection of upbeat pop songs. The album displays both genres mentioned, and even gives a nod to the 1998 Jim Carrey flick on album closer “End Scene.”
Ruel fulfills the, err, fourth date of his 4th Wall tour at The Ritz on Tuesday night as part of his first full U.S. outing.
Josh Bradley is Creative Loafing Tampa's resident live music freak. He started freelancing with the paper in 2020 at the age of 18, and has since covered, announced, and previewed numerous live shows in Tampa Bay. Check the music section in print and online every week for the latest in local live music.