‘I could write a song to you so sweet, it’d raise you to your feet and you’d come running.’
Cruising above a hazy, heady drift, these may be the first words you hear from Ryan Downey. Teased out by his mesmeric baritone - a jaw-dropping amalgamation of Leonard Cohen and Bill Callahan by way of some mid-century crooner - they open his debut LP Running like a time-lapse flower, revealing an artist uniquely capable of balancing cheek and sincerity, classicism and swagger and grandeur and restraint all within a single, composed breath. Parallels continuously meet and entwine throughout Running’s fine-wine combination of pop, rock and folk. Like all polar opposites, the combination of these forces results in a magnetic tension.
After 2 EPs, Running sees Ryan finally able to stretch his legs fully. Finding the perfect collaborator in producer Steve Hassett (of Luluc), the 10 songs were recorded across New York and Melbourne. The recordings magnificently capture and illuminate an artist set to ignite, break and comfort hearts, potentially all at the same time.
Prior to Running, Downey released Me & Her (2016) - a broken-arm-inspired acapella EP which showcases his exquisitely constructed voice work. Me & Her is a collection of covers of songs by female songwriters inc. Joanna Newsom, Tiny Ruins, Enya, Lhasa De Sela and Kate & Anna McGarrigle. The EP also includes two original songs, 'Tidings' and 'What Gives?'.