Following his acclaimed 2018 debut album Running, Melbourne’s Ryan Downey returns with a new single & video ‘Heart Is An Onion‘, a vibrant full-throated indie-rock march and the first track to be taken from his forthcoming luminous art-rock album A TON OF COLOURS out Friday 14 May via Dot Dash Recordings.
To celebrate the announcement, Downey has announced a string of single launches in Sydney, Melbourne & Castlemaine, kicking off mid-April – tickets on sale now here.
Downey’s sound is a vibrant affair –musically, stylistically, and vocally. His astonishing voice often raises comparisons to the all-terrain vocals of Bryan Ferry and David Bowie, whilst his give-all performance style is inspired by artists he describes as “offering an expression from a deep human place” such as Kate Bush, Karen O and David Byrne. On record, Downey’s drama-filled, spirited songs are vivid and playful but with a raw sophistication, in part courtesy of producer Burke Reid (Courtney Barrett, Julia Jacklin), with an electrifying heft, depth and genuine emotion that nods to contemporaries re-defining the guitar record, such as Anna Calvi and Big Thief.
First single ‘Heart Is An Onion’ is a surreal, existential roller coaster ride towards hope and compassion. As Downey explains, “it’s about empathy and looking into each other’s human layers, seeing that we all have the same clunky, miraculous hearts underneath and finding resilience and magic in that connection.” The track’s bold, saturated sounds are steered by Downey’s determined yet vulnerable vocal performance.