Indiana-based solo act Former Ruins (Levi Dylan Sikes) blurs the lines between 80s post-punk and salt-of-the-earth balladry, inviting listeners into a world of doubt, desire, and wonder.
With arrangements punctured by atmospheric guitarwork and a lyrical directness by way of an unvarnished baritone, Levi carves deep angles into the familiar singer-songwriter genre. Translating a full-band sound into hear-a-pin-drop live performances, Former Ruins has drawn comparisons to the likes of Julien Baker, Conor Oberst, and Johnny Cash in his world-weary, late-in-life iteration.
Levi's debut single "Cars of Our Youth" released in July 2019 on his homespun label Slow Embrace Records. A followup single, "Chaplain," is slated for fall 2019.