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In April, Beatty unveiled his long-awaited third studio album, Calico. The record arrived alongside a visual accompaniment directed by revered Belgian artist Peter De Potter, which is streaming now on Ryan’s official YouTube channel. Calico is available now via Elektra US/Atlantic Records UK.
Co-produced by Ryan and Ethan Gruska, Ryan shares the endless nuances of his interior life across the album’s nine seamless tracks, quietly exploring the tension between protecting our hearts and longing for connection that can only come from true vulnerability. The album was heralded by first single, “Ribbons,” a sublimely wistful piece rooted in Gruska’s delicate piano work alongside strings, celestial synth, and hypnotic steel guitar melodies, courtesy of Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon. The song is laced with lovingly rendered images of lonesome sunrises and California freeways. “What I love about ‘Ribbons’ is that the music says so much on its own,” Ryan points out. “Especially in the last minute, it feels like finally exhaling after holding something in for so long.”
Recorded at the historic Valentine Recording Studios and Rick Rubin’s Shangri-La, Ryan with an impressive line-up of musicians, including guitarist Dylan Day (Jenny Lewis, Laura Veirs), drummer Matt Chamberlain (Lorde, Brandi Carlile), saxophonist Sam Gendel (Sylvan Esso, Perfume Genius), string arranger Rob Moose (FKA twigs, Laura Marling), and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, who contributed additional production and instrumentation. Mixed by Shawn Everett (The War on Drugs, HAIM), Calico moves further into the free-form yet gracefully sculpted sound Ryan explored on 2020’s Dreaming of David.
Embracing a deliberately slow-paced and often meditative process throughout the making of Calico, Ryan made his way to the kind of confidence and conviction that leaves a profound imprint on audiences and artist alike. The result is a timeless and transportive body of work, providing abundant space for the transformation and healing that led to its creation.