Debut Album 'Running' Out Now
The defining feature of Ryan Downey’s music is his voice; a jaw-dropping amalgamation of Leonard Cohen and a spirited Bill Callahan by way of a mid-century crooner. His 2018 debut album Running is a glorious and perfectly constructed 21st century folk gem, and not a note detracts from Downey’s rich baritone as he sings a song cycle of humour and pathos, self-analysis, sex, love and modern life.
Produced by Steve Hassett (Luluc) and recorded in both New York and Melbourne, Running reveals Downey as a timeless talent. An incredible debut from an artist capable of balancing cheek and sincerity, classicism and swagger and grandeur and restraint all within a single, composed breath.
Following on from this acclaimed release, sold-out headline shows and a national tour with Sarah Blasko, Downey released the dynamic new single 'No More Miracles' in September, premiering via Triple J. The song also comes with a B-side; a haunting reworking of his previous single 'Those Eyes That Answer'. Ambitious in scope but simple in their execution, these new songs are among Downey's very finest.
"Downey's seductive baritone can melt steel beams, so it will turn your knees to butter, guaranteed - ★★★★1/2" - The Music
"Ryan Downey plays by his own rules on 'Running' - a completely compelling debut." - Happy Mag
“Terrifyingly beautiful...Downey has a soul, serenity and talent with which few are born. This is artfolk at its best.” - The Daily Indie, NL
“A voice that will not be compared to any other…Ryan Downey is our new addiction” - Rocknfool, France
"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
“Melbourne musician Ryan Downey’s debut LP Running could be one of the most unique sounding records this year. Downey doesn’t seek to emulate any particular musical genre, rather blending pop, rock and folk elements to create a unique style of his own.” - Beat
"There aren't very many artists who defy expectation, but Ryan Downey is one of those people" - Henry Wagons, Double J
“Delicately controlled so as to never detract from that rich, honeyed baritone.” - Tone Deaf
"One of Australia's most exciting new singers" - Broadsheet
"Old-fashioned yet contemporary, solemn yet humorous, Ryan Downey alludes classification. But what we do know, if that he's one of the finest singer-songwriters we've heard in a while." - Happy Mag
"The Voice of Bigsound 2016" - The Music
"An incredibly deep and rich voice that draws comparisons to those of Leonard Cohen and Nick Cave...a serious and sombre presence with a wry delivery, Downey’s songs are finely crafted and nuanced works of art. An intriguing talent to keep an eye on." - Xpress Magazine
"Ryan Downey brought his impossibly lush vocals to life with tracks like Techno Dolls, Running and Renewed. The resonance of his baritone is so unusually rich it's hypnotic." - Amnplify
"A live performance that leaves you lost for words". - Tonedeaf