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PREMIERE: Ryan Kristian bends time on his new EP Arcane

Ryan Kristian creates mini universes within each of his songs. Journeying through his music is like journeying through some vast hallucinatory world; figures and colours emerge gently around you, and fade back out of existence just as gracefully. At the conclusion of each song, you’re left with a kind of post-dream memory—a deep, chesty feeling.

With the release of his latest EP Arcane, Kristian further developes this strange—but undeniably captivating—songwriting style. If you’re not already across this name, we strongly recommend you change that now.

On his new EP Arcane, Sydney artist Ryan Kristian crafts an atmospheric slice of psych-folk that feels unbounded by concepts of time.

Throughout the new EP Ryan Kristian weaves together elements of folk, indie-rock, pop, ambience, and atmospheric psychedelia to deliver something uniquely his own. With lush, sweeping instrumental arrangements and spirited vocal melodies, Arcane extends sonically well beyond its 22-minute run-time.

In fact, time kind of seems irrelevent with this EP. The six-track collection is completely unbounded by structural limitations, and each individual track (especially the far-reaching Submarine Pt. II) follows a path disconnected from linear timelines.

By the time the EP’s jazz-laden closing track Paraselene reaches its conclusion, you’ll have been submerged completely in Kristian’s narcotised brand of atmospheric psych-folk.

Arcane is the latest in a string of consistently great releases from this Sydney artist, and judging by the quality of everything we’ve heard so far, I think we can safely expect plenty more great tunes.

In the meantime, do yourself a favour and listen to the new EP above.


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October 4, 2019