You know the drill. We thought the title of this article was both self-explanatory AND a little creepy, as it takes us back to cinema in the days of black and white to call it a “moving picture.” YouTube was our best friend this month, with new gems from The Jellybricks, Juliette Goglia, Ryan Egan, Yoke Lore, Black Marble, and more!
This gorgeous month has inspired lines in so many songs, as witnessed in our snippet from Eminem’s “Space Bound” as our title. This month in 2019 is bearing witness to the release of so many incredible gems, and we’re so lucky to be pitched hundreds of them a day! The stand outs — regardless of genre — are featured in our monthly soundtracks, and June’s is ready and raring to go below! Featuring Taylor Alexander, City and Colour, Ryan Egan, Leah Kate, K. Flay, and many more, this will be one you want to flag for the rest of your summer!
Check back all month long as we add more stunners to the list!
Today, New York-based musician Ryan Egan unleashes his latest single – a slow burner titled “Swarm” – unto the world. Compelling in its simplicity, the track is driven into existence by simplistic instrumentals and soft, persistent percussion. As the instrumentals layer in and blossom, Egan asks the existential questions like “Am I close to the edge, or am I stepping out?” and “How does it feel to be free when I let it go?” He recognizes the “dangerous ground” that he’s walking, utilizing lines in his lyrics that add a dimension of mystery and flare to the easy-listening, fun pace of “Swarm”.
Admits Egan of the track:
In many ways, this song is a perfect representation of the sound I’ve been digging for over the years as a composer. At a certain point, I knew there was a very organic, common ground between my biggest influences from Bjork to Radiohead to D’Angelo. Of course I don’t think that any one song can capture this sentiment entirely, but hopefully when listening to the various things I write and release, people can start to connect these dots and will find something unique that resonates with them.
Beginning with simple beat, slowly layering in percussion with vocals. Stripped down is how you first hear indie-pop solo artist Ryan Egan‘s voice in his new track “Tongue Of Yours”, and – to be completely honest – that’s how the majority of the song feels even with the added instrumentals. It feels close, intense, raw. And perhaps that’s how it’s meant to be heard, especially since Egan created “Tongue Of Yours” while he had two injured hands and no instruments to work with. Left to his own devices, he sang every chord and programmed the drums, making the song itself a step away from what he’s known for, and an almost primal experience.
Egan’s sophomore effort Fever & Bloom is out December 1st. Keep up with Ryan Egan here.