[Barely Dressed Records]
The defining feature of Ryan Downey’s music is his voice; a jaw-dropping amalgamation of Leonard Cohen and Bill Callahan by way of some mid-century crooner. His 2018 debut album Running (released through Barely Dressed Records) is a glorious and perfectly constructed 21st century art-folk gem, showcasing an artist capable of balancing cheek and sincerity, classicism and swagger and grandeur and restraint all within a single, composed breath. 2018 was a breakout year for Downey; he undertook a UK/EU tour supporting Marlon Williams, Running was long-listed in the Australian Music Prize; he played sold-out headline shows around the country and was awarded the 2018 Upstart Award. He's currently writing his new record.