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Navigating the Depths of Self: A Journey Through “My Own Volition” by Kaleb Rudy

Kaleb Rudy presents his first visual EP, My Own Volition, a moving exploration of love, addiction, and self-discovery, presented through a series of captivating videos that accompany each track.

Kaleb Rudy, an independent singer-songwriter based in Los Angeles, brings a deeply personal touch to his music, drawing inspiration from his nomadic upbringing and the challenges of reconciling his identity in conservative environments. My Own Volition serves as a testament to his journey of self-acceptance and artistic liberation, but also as a beacon of light to dare to break chains and bonds.

Kaleb Rudy’s powerful visuals further immerse his audience in an idiosyncratic world of vagrant cowboys, hard drugs, and tender intimacy. The songs are self-written, the visualizers are self-directed, and Kaleb stars in the visualizers as one of the star-crossed drifters.

The EP begins with “Eighteen,” setting the tone with its introspective lyrics and Kaleb Rudy’s soulful vocals. It is a raw and honest reflection on youth and the complexities of growing up, showcasing his ability to convey vulnerability with authenticity.

As the narrative unfolds, “Mess” delves into the tumultuous nature of relationships affected by addiction, with the lyrics portraying the chaos and emotional destruction it leaves in its wake, accompanied by haunting melodies that linger in the mind long after the song ends.

Tornado (Lie With Me)” stands out as a thematic centerpiece, interweaving elements of longing and desire amidst a backdrop of uncertainty. With it, Kaleb Rudy invites listeners into a whirlwind of conflicting emotions, beautifully captured in the accompanying video.

Selfish” explores the sadness and absence of the narrator with a minimalist production that allows the introspective lyrics to take center stage.

Closing the EP is “Lot’s Wife,” a cinematic piece that hits high notes with an ethereal melody, instrumentation, and a moving video.

My Own Volition is a triumph of artistic integrity, quality, creative vision, and Kaleb Rudy’s willingness to trust his instincts and challenge conventional norms with heartfelt lyrics.

According to Kaleb Rudy, My Own Volition “was born out of wanting to follow my instincts without outside influence. I felt I’d lost my way by trying to figure out what people wanted to hear rather than what I wanted to say. I think it’s easy to get caught up in that game. What’s in? What would get me playlisted? Approaching music that way was so unfulfilling.”

As Kaleb Rudy himself states, the project is a testament to the importance of staying true to yourself in the face of external pressures, and the results speak for themselves.

“The songs and videos I’ve released so far from this project have gotten more traction than anything else I’ve made. People have reached out expressing how it’s impacted them. I think that proves how important it is to trust your own taste and follow your gut. Your music will find the people it’s supposed to,” he said.

With My Own Volition, Kaleb Rudy cements his place as a rising star on the independent music scene, leaving an indelible mark on listeners with his unforgettable debut.