As Tamsin Wilson explains, "'Ruiner' is about meeting your various inner selves and a promise to be better. It was written after a moment of self-sabotage and I wanted to address the inner monster who was responsible."
'Ruiner' dissolves both the heavy reverb and ethereal moments found on Wilsen’s first recording by instead letting the band’s essentials - drums, bass, guitar and vocals - have centre stage. In the album’s opening moments you might hear a knotted wash of guitars and Wilson softly humming, for a brief moment returning you to their dreamscape, but then, sharply, a driving rock rhythm comes into focus and so, too, does a revitalised band. While Wilsen have retained elements of their fragility, on 'Ruiner' they use bolder sounds and play with gritty textures and jarring grooves. See 'Birds II', which centres on a piercing guitar line or the crunchy 'Down', which is powered by a riotous percussion section. Wilsen are moving with purpose towards something, not away from it.