RYAN BEATTY ANNOUNCES BRAND NEW ALBUM ‘CALICO’
CALICO DUE OUT 28TH APRIL
AMERICAN SINGER/SONGWRITER’S NEW SINGLE ‘RIBBONS’ OUT NOW
(For fans of Frank Ocean/Phoebe Bridgers/ Bon Iver)
what started as a night became a morning under the southern sun became a citrus kiss became a crickets click became a cows howl behind the slaughterhouses door you spun the car keys took your shirt off chewed two apples to the core turning red turning west tipping the switchblade to roswell trucking through tucson my california called us in the distance i saw your shadow i held your cross i felt your heart i tasted your tongue in my teeth and it became the perfect carnage of my feelings for you – Ryan Beatty
American singer/songwriter Ryan Beatty announces his third full-length album Calico, arriving on 28th April via Atlantic Records UK/Elektra US. In celebration of his announcement, Ryan has released his new single, ‘Ribbons’ out now.
An excellent introduction to Ryan’s upcoming record, ‘Ribbons’ is a warm and delightful listen, showcasing his exquisite emotive vocals and a delicate piano melody. The lyric “It’s brave to be nothing to no one at all.” from the song is what Ryan refers to as the proverb of Calico.
Set for release on 28th April, Calico rings in a new era for Ryan Beatty. Co-produced by Ryan and Ethan Gruska, Calico matches Ryan’s lyrical revelations with a luminously detailed sound that inspires endless fascination despite its great subtlety. The result is a timeless and transportive body of work, providing abundant space for the transformation and healing that led to its creation.
Calico moves further into the free-form, yet gracefully sculpted sound Ryan explored on 2020’s Dreaming of David. In bringing the album to life, he and Gruska mainly recorded at historic L.A. spot Valentine Recording Studios and at Rick Rubin’s Shangri-La, working with a lineup of musicians including guitarist Dylan Day (Jenny Lewis, Laura Veirs), drummer Matt Chamberlain (Lorde, Brandi Carlile), saxophonist Sam Gendel (Sylvan Esso, Perfume Genius), string arranger Rob Moose (FKA twigs, Laura Marling), and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, who contributed additional production and instrumentation.
Ryan also collaborated with revered Belgian artist Peter De Potter to bring the visuals around the upcoming album to life. Peter’s unique method of blending his photography and video with graphics resonates in art, fashion and contemporary online culture. The addition of the Antwerp-based creative’s work on Ryan’s upcoming album compliments the poetic atmosphere he’s created for Calico.
An elegant body of work, Calico is the superb outcome of two devoted years of exploration, writing and recording. Sharing the endless nuances of his interior life on his upcoming album, Ryan quietly explores the tension between protecting our hearts and longing for the type of connection that can only come from true vulnerability.
Photo Credit: Lucas Creighton