After releasing his debut EP, I’ll Take The Fall, at 16, Ratliff set out on the road by himself for his “hero’s journey,” a month-long acoustic tour across the eastern half of the United States. Crashing on friends’ and strangers’ couches, Ratliff played shows in 20 cities and logged his stories in a journal that would later serve as the inspiration for his new album.
Since then, Ratliff has fallen in love with the city of Nashville, commuting back and forth from Delaware once a month to work with producer Matt Kass on his debut full-length record, Compass. In stark contrast to the alternative sound of I’ll Take The Fall, Compass operates around bright synths and commercial pop production while still maintaining Ratliff’s honest, vulnerable lyricism. With vocal hooks and catchy melodic material to spare, the anthemic indie-pop record is sure to catch the attention of the broad audience that Ratliff is reaching for.