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.”
"Only”, for example, is beautiful and devotional - think 'Pink Moon'-level delicate
with the weightiness of a Bon Iver or The xx deep cut. A seamless extension of
its predecessor (Berlin), it once again showcases RY’s boundless ability to
create thought-provoking atmospheric pop music, engulfed with his distinctively
ethereal vocal lines.
Speaking of Berlin, Ry also has deep ties to the electronic/house music scene
there through another project he's involved with called Howling, a collab with
Frank Wiedemann (of German electronic duo Ame). He also contributes to
another electronic project called The Acid, with DJ Adam Freeland (UK) and
fellow Californian producer Steve Nalepa.