Ry X was born into the wild. Marooned in Angourie, a tiny island community off Australia’s east coast. “It’s been a real journey...” says Ry, whose path to his current home in Los Angeles’ downtown warehouse district has taken him to Costa Rica, Indonesia, Stockholm, London and Berlin.
He reckons he’d be “a super renegade gypsy surfing the world” if it weren’t for music, and he applied that mindset to his art. Ry has been striving to find that same purity ever since he left home as a grunge-obsessed kid with a surfboard aged 17. ‘Dawn’, his debut album as Ry X, is a sign that search is over.
Recorded live with only Ry and his guitar, every song on ‘Dawn’ has a threadbare power – the arrangements are stripped back so there’s nothing separating the listener from the songs’ content. “These are live takes, sitting there like Neil Young or Nick Drake used to. It’s about holding tension. You’re really get the feeling of someone sitting in a room playing the song.”
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