‘Contact’ is the second single to be taken from Ryan Downey’s forthcoming Burke Reid (Julia Jacklin, Courtney Barnett) produced album A TON OF COLOURS, out 14 May via Dot Dash Recordings. Whilst first single ‘Heart Is An Onion’ was a luminous and anthemic art-rock affair, described as “the Cars fronted by Bryan Ferry” (Sunday Times Culture UK – Hottest Tracks), ‘Contact’ shows a more atmospheric and vulnerable side of Downey’s new record.
‘Contact’ balances the stylistic grandeur and deep humanness in Downey‘s raw sophisticated sound, with both these elements mirrored in the single’s accompanying cinematic video co-directed by Downey and filmmaker Alex Badham. Inspired by sci-fi films such as Solaris, High Life and Blade Runner 2049, the video sees a space crew – featuring Downey, his band and manager – hibernating in isolation pods, journeying towards an unknown mission but longing only for the touch of loved ones and the reality of the outside world. The poignant visual gives further weight to Downey’s emotional lyrics such as “Hold me like you want to be held when it’s almost over” and “If I can’t be touched right now, then I need your love.”