Ryan Vail is well known on both a national and international level for his contributions to electronica. The Derry native released his debut album in April of last year and received both critical and commercial praise in the UK, Ireland and Mainland Europe.

Ryan is returning this September with his brand new single, Shadows, a blissfully nuanced track with delicate synth and an even softer vocal delivery. His masterful and compelling songwriting retains the ambience of his previous releases though distinct flourishes create a new danceability not quite as evident before. Ryan explains some of the deeper meaning behind it:

“The song deals with my initial personal struggle to become a full-time artist. While I was before in a job that was comfortable, music haunted me at every turn. I’d kept my passion subdued as I was led to believe that its currently impossible to survive as a full-time musician nowadays. The lyrics refer to music as a person. My love cuts like a knife refers to the fact that it hurt not to be able to follow my love for music. Your heart, it holds my life is the job I couldn’t escape from. As the track progresses I talk of things like All my life I’ve weighed lies, the doubts that I had about becoming a full- time musician and surviving. The track ends with me accepting I need to change my life as my heart don’t feel so good.”

We’re delighted to be able to premiere the official remix of Shadows courtesy of one half of The Japanese Popstars, Confute. Listen below as Confute brings a rolling techno twist to Ryan Vail’s creation. Both the original and the remix are set for release on September 29th.


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