Contemporary singer songwriter Ryan Downey today released Tonight, the first song from the Melbourne-based artist’s forthcoming EP Songs For Dreamers.
Featuring a sweeping 25-piece string orchestra supporting Downey’s picked nylon string guitar, Tonight is an enchanting intimate affair traversing generations, distilling nostalgic memories reminiscent of love stories and film noir.
“An ode to dreamers, Tonight is about surrendering to the moment, to another, to the self - to following passion, even when it feels against all odds.” – Ryan Downey.
Known for his melancholic, poetic and often romantic songs, Ryan Downey’s achingly breathtaking rich baritone has an ability to distil the beauty in life. A voice that’s drawn comparisons to Nick Cave, Chris Isaak and Leonard Cohen.
Downey directed the video for Tonight alongside his partner and longtime creative collaborator Kate Adams, who also features in the video’s final frames.
Throughout the video, Downey creates a relationship between the inner imagined world and the outside world.
“Love ties our reality and our dream worlds together until the whole thing feels somehow magical right here in the real world. Like wind through leaves, love is an invisible force that moves everything in us.”
Ryan Downey’s first two records Running (2018, Barely Dressed Records) and A TON OF COLOURS (2021, Dot Dash) gained critical acclaim both in Australia and abroad and saw the artist touring with the likes of Marlon Williams, Sarah Blasko, Emma Louse, Tiny Ruins and more.