The defining feature of Ryan Downey’s music is his voice, a jaw-dropping amalgamation of Leonard Cohen and a spirited Bill Callaghan by way of a mid-century crooner. Running is a glorious and perfectly constructed 21st century folk gem, not a note detracts from Downey’s rich baritone as he sings a song cycle of humour and pathos. Self-analysis, sex, love and modern life.
Deftly plucked nylon string guitar, mesmerizing baritone, pitter-patter electric beats, electric guitar flourishes and rich synths; Downey has created a musical world unlike any that you’ve heard. This is as close to emotional and musical perfection as you’re likely to hear on a record this year. Pure magic.
Produced by Steve Hassett (Luluc) and recorded in both New York and Melbourne, Running reveals Ryan Downey as a timeless talent. An incredible debut from an artist capable of balancing cheek and sincerity, classicism and swagger and grandeur and restraint all within a single, composed breath.
Running is Ryan Downeys debut album. Whether it’s sorrow with satisfaction or earnestness with innuendo, parallels continuously meet and entwine throughout his perfect combination of pop, rock and folk. Pressed on 12" black & white marble vinyl - limited to only 350 copies