Posts Tagged ‘RYD’

February 28, 2018

London’s RYD continues his ascent in the music world with his signature satin smooth, soft soothing cooing on lush new single Could’ve Been, which follows on last year’s well received debut EP Now There’se Nowhere and recent single Work It Out, which has swiftly amassed more than a million streams on Spotify alone. He drenches us with a more uptempo form of his dreamy stirring folktronica and alt electro while musing over what defines “online-normal”. 

“Could’ve Been is about the online age and it’s control over what is deemed as ‘normal’” explains RYD, “The song also talks of my personal struggle with discovering my own identity growing-up in the boom of the internet and socials and having everybody’s lives constantly thrust in your face questioning whether you’re ever living life ‘correctly’.” He concludes; “The lyrics “Could’ve Been” came to be from wondering if somebody could have been really special if they were not so clouded by the need for approval.” Despite its profound contemplation, Could’ve Been is as gorgeously affecting and verdant layered as any RYD song has been. Could’ve Been is out now via 37 Adventures. Find it on iTunes, here.

September 22, 2017

It’s been far too long since we’ve heard from RYD, and we’re eager to dive into the deep, tranquil ocean that is this Londoner’s atmospheric indietronica and gossamer dream folk once again. Let Work It Out engulf you with its dewy vocals and haunting beauty as we’re reminded of why we fell so hard for earlier songs like Alter and Simple Place To Be. Work It Out rolls in like a gentle mist, then leaves us stranded with our hearts torn asunder when it departs. RYD’s minimalist electronica is like a mix of pensively ambient Tycho, lush aching Bon Iver, and delicately longing The Acid, all gently braided together. “Work It Out is about the avoidance of confrontation in order to spare yourself from grief.” explains RYD, “The song is addressed to the feeling that most choose to hide from.” I’m not stranger from avoiding conflict. Work It Out is a sublime reminder that complacency and escaping aren’t always the best courses of action. The song comes as a taste of RYD’s forthcoming EP on 37 Adventures, Now There’s Nowhere.

February 20, 2017

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February 19, 2017

I may have died and gone to music heaven. Where else can you hear anything as sublime as this new version of RYD’s Alter? The gifted Londoner offers up an altered Alter produced by Adem Ilhan that floats us to cloud nine with gentle acoustics, tender beats, and angelic vocals. This meditative dreamscape is sweet nectar to my ears and a nourishing soup for the soul. The track was recorded for Roundhouse Rising Sounds 2017, which gives emerging artists aged 18-25 the opportunity to record their music with the UK’s best producers. 

May 3, 2016

Dive off the deep end with RYD on Simple Place To Be, the Londoner’s latest ambient electronic and atmospheric pop hybrid. Like on previously shared gem Scintillate, RYD creates a dichotomy on Simple Place To Be, one of dark and light, haunting and soothing. The softly rippling, gently caressing aria is like a soft draft upon the skin, gone before you know it, but leaving a deep imprint within that ephemeral moment. The gossamer R&B vocals of the other worldly gem remind me of FKA Twigs collaborators inc. but with the weightless disembodiment of The Acid. Simple Place To Be may seem simple on the surface, but it’s a breathtaking beauty full of fine detail.

January 9, 2016

With a name like Scintillate, I half expected RYD’s debut to blind me with rampant illumination. Instead, the 20 year old British artist’s first song is a softly cascading work of art, a dark and dreamy, ghostly and wispy beauty. Its glimmers are muted, fading in and out alongside its gently caressing vocals, forming a lingering, metaphysical omnipresence that haunts affectingly.The mellow and ambient electronic song soothes and settles with The Acid meest Phoria like lightness, paired with a Thom Yorke meditative depth. You’ll want to take a profound moment of silence after the song fades away, trust me.