Debut Album 'Running' Out Now

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The defining feature of Ryan Downey’s music is his voice; a jaw-dropping amalgamation of Leonard Cohen and Bill Callahan by way of some mid-century crooner. His 2018 debut album Running is a glorious and perfectly constructed 21st century folk gem, revealing an artist capable of balancing cheek and sincerity, classicism and swagger and grandeur and restraint all within a single, composed breath. Produced by Steve Hassett (Luluc) across New York and Melbourne, Running reveals Downey as a timeless talent.

2018 was a breakout year for the Melbourne art-folk artist. He undertook his first UK/EU tour (supporting Marlon Williams); Running was long-listed in the Australian Music Prize; he was awarded the 2018 Upstart Award; he played sold-out headline shows in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney; undertook a national tour with Sarah Blasko and released the dynamic stand-alone single 'No More Miracles' in September.

Ryan Downey is currently writing his sophomore album and will be touring nationally with Tiny Ruins in May.

Running is available worldwide via Barely Dressed Records / Remote Control.

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  1. Running

  2. The Big Sink

  3. Renewed

  4. 1+1 (feat. Zoe Randell)

  5. Those Eyes That Answer

  6. Techno Dolls

  7. Forecast

  8. The Weather Song

  9. Love Me, My Meal

  10. The End

"Downey's seductive baritone can melt steel beams, so it will turn your knees to butter, guaranteed - ★★★★1/2" - The Music

“Terrifyingly beautiful...Downey has a soul, serenity and talent with which few are born. This is artfolk at its best.” - The Daily Indie, Netherlands

“A voice that will not be compared to any other…Ryan Downey is our new addiction” - Rocknfool, France

"Ryan Downey plays by his own rules on 'Running' - a completely compelling debut." - Happy Mag

"In case it wasn't public knowledge yet let me make it clear; this dude's got one of the best voices in the country." - Dave Ruby Howe, Triple J Unearthed

"There aren't very many artists who defy expectation, but Ryan Downey is one of those people" - Henry Wagons, Double J

"The Voice of Bigsound 2016" - The Music

"One of Australia's most exciting new singers" - Broadsheet

"Ryan Downey alludes classification...One of the finest singer-songwriters we've heard in a while." - Happy Mag

"Downey’s songs are finely crafted and nuanced works of art. An intriguing talent to keep an eye on." - Xpress Magazine

"The resonance of his baritone is so unusually rich it's hypnotic." - Amnplify

“Delicately controlled so as to never detract from that rich, honeyed baritone.” - Tonedeaf


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Contact: Kate Adams @ Fresh Air Artist Management -