Rebekah Higgs has been a busy bee lately. Cheap puns aside, the Halifax native has been working extra hard as the frontwoman for Ruby Jean and the Thoughtful Bees and her solo project, which she's currently touring with The Rural Alberta Advantage. As the tour comes to a close, Higgs rolls into town just in time for the holidays where she will play as Ruby Jean on Boxing Day and then a solo set, December 28th at the Paragon.
"Well, I'm going to be home for Christmas anyways, so I may as well..." she says of the pair of shows.
Besides bringing holiday cheer as a gift to her supportive local fan base, Higgs is showcasing songs off her new EP, Little Voice. Recorded during the winter in Riverport, Nova Scotia, Little Voice isn't a radical departure from her previous outings, but a taste of what her future full-length will sound like. When a friend put on Paul and Linda McCartney's Ram as the studio sessions began, the classic became an immediate inspiration for Little Voice's pop sound.
"I was also influenced by 1960s girl groups and doo-wop, but I wanted to incorporate that with my psychedelic inclinations," says Higgs. To get the sound of multiple singers, she began using a looping pedal that changed her singing into an even bigger voice.
"My first album is very drowsy and shoegazey, so I wanted to incorporate that, too," she says. "I've been kind of calling it psyche- doo-wop, my own little coined phrase of what I play."
Looping has also beefed up her live performances, allowing more experimentation as a musician. "I have a lot of fun seeing where you can take your voice and I like pushing myself in that direction," she says while speeding across the Canadian landscape to her next gig. "I do feel like my voice is my main instrument."