‘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, they open his debut album 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.
Whether it’s sorrow with satisfaction or earnestness with innuendo, parallels continuously meet and entwine throughout Running's signature blend of rock, pop and folk. Like all polar opposites, the combination of these forces results in a magnetic tension.
Ryan carries this exquisite tension from the studio to the stage, bringing an arresting physicality to his live performances. He’s won the hearts of audiences worldwide following sold out headline shows in 2018, a UK/EU tour supporting Marlon Williams, a national tour with Sarah Blasko, opening for Julia Jacklin, Luluc and performing at Falls Festival, MONA, BigSound and more.
After two 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 in early 2017 and released via Barely Dressed Records in April 2018. In September, the art-folk artist followed up the acclaimed album release with the dynamic new stand-alone single ‘No More Miracles’. He was also award the 2018 Upstart Award and ‘Running’ has just been long-listed for the 2018 Australian Music Prize. This May, Ryan will be undertaking a national tour supporting acclaimed New Zealand artist Tiny Ruins.
Ryan Downey’s songs magnificently capture and illuminate an artist set to ignite, break and comfort hearts, potentially all at the same time.