‘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 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.
Whether it’s sorrow with satisfaction or earnestness with innuendo, parallels continuously meet and entwine throughout Running's signature blend of pop, rock 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. Dubbed “The Voice of Bigsound” by The Music back in 2016, he’s gone on to win the hearts of audiences following sold out shows in 2018, a national tour with Sarah Blasko and performances at Falls Festival, By The Meadow, St Kilda Festival and MONA.
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. The recordings magnificently capture and illuminate an artist set to ignite, break and comfort hearts, potentially all at the same time.
Listen to Ryan’s brand new single ‘No More Miracles’ out Sept 19