Ryan Downey today shares the striking new song and video ‘Those Eyes That Answer’, the second single from his jaw-dropping debut album Running out April 13 through Barely Dressed Records/ Remote Control.
‘Those Eyes That Answer’ encompasses everything that is great about Downey’s music. His undeniable voice resonates with richness and gravity while a minutely detailed and singularly original musical world unfurls around it.
As Downey explains, “This song is about witnessing the sublime and gaining a greater sense of yourself in that moment. It’s partly based on seeing Picasso’s Guernica in the flesh. It’s a painting that took me by surprise with it’s overwhelming mix of horror and beauty, leaving me with that strange sensation of feeling tiny in its presence but also connected to something much bigger than myself at the same time.”
Honouring the song’s origins in the video, Ryan and (director) Alex Badham drew from classicism and modernist art and photography, applying a twist to the classic single-take shot whilst adding a hint of contemporary Sci-Fi.
Ryan Downey’s debut albumRunning is a glorious and meticulously constructed 21st century folk gem. Not a note detracts from his 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, is due April 13, and available for pre-order now.
Dubbed “The Voice of Bigsound” by The Music, Ryan has been quietly gathering an audience after performing at Falls Festival, St Kilda Festival and MONA. He just played his first ever sold out headline shows in Melbourne and Sydney, and has now announced a headline east coast tour in support of the album! Tickets and details below.