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'Tidings' is the rolling, hypnotic first single from Melbourne artist Ryan Downey’s upcoming experimental a cappella mini-LP.

The track and the mini-LP originated when, early in 2015, a broken arm left Ryan unable to play any instruments, halting his plans to begin work on a full length album. During his 2 months recovery, he indulged a fleeting idea he’d had in the past; of creating a completely a cappella record of songs by female songwriters. He then contributed two originals of his own, 'Tidings' being one of them.

Constructed entirely from his own vocals and body percussion, as well as post-production effects, the sonic textures of the song tie in with its hints of lyrical narrative to create the expansive space of a beach on a still night, the ongoing cycle of waves that deliver the song’s protagonist home, and the emotional climax of the heart that seems to be able to turn surrounding sounds into silence and inner silence into sound.

‘Tidings’ is Ryan’s first offering since his 2013 debut EP ‘Familiar Ground’ (released under the Venice Music moniker) for which he received considerable praise, with particular attention paid to his distinct baritone vocals. Mess + Noise labeled his voice ‘haunting, with such weight we’re drawn immediately in’, while Tonedeaf called it ‘rich’ and ‘suave.’ Let’s hope they meant it because here it is, multiplied to infinite extents.

The song is out on October 28th through Gaga Digi and Downey’s own label New Morning Records. He will play a November residency at The Grace Darling, Melbourne, to coincide with the release on Sundays the 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd.

The complete mini-LP ‘Me & Her’ will be released early next year and will feature re-interpretations of songs by Joanna Newsom, Tiny Ruins, Enya, the McGarrigle sisters and Lhasa De Sela, as well as a duet with Melbourne artist Lucy Roleff.


released October 28, 2015
Recorded and produced by Ryan Downey in his home studio.
Mixed by Anna Laverty.
Mastered by Ross Cockle at Sing Sing.

Watch the video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HiZZRBeiLE



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RYAN DOWNEY Melbourne, Australia

Ryan Downey is a Melbourne-based solo indie folk musician and performer who, until 2014, recorded under the moniker Venice Music.

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