It is the fourth release from an artist rapidly building a reputation for her distinctive style
Virginia-based singer/songwriter/producer Ryan Wright is only four releases into her short career but already looks to have crafted a unique and moving sound that feels distinctively her own. From her haunting vocal style to the synth-driven hooks that accompany it, Ryan’s sound feels entirely her own and puts a memorable spin on contemporary indie pop.
Latest release ‘u were never mine’ is the fourth of these releases and continues to showcase all that makes Ryan feel exciting and new. From her angsty, vulnerable lyrics about being ghosted and coming to terms with it, to her deceptively catchy hooks and melodies. What really sets it apart is this otherworldly, almost haunting and harrowing feel that the artist has grown known for, sitting below the surface and making for a truly one of a kind atmosphere.
The lyrics are intentionally melodramatic—a winking way to acknowledge the absurdity of how the world can feel like it’s ending when a crush doesn’t work out. And yet the devastation is real. “I knew intellectually that my distress over the whole thing was probably silly but also knew I couldn’t help the way I was feeling,” Wright explains. “I wanted the song to convey all of these emotions I wasn’t able to reconcile—the disappointment of having this person not be who I thought they were and trying to deal with the fact that I was honestly heartbroken even though I knew this particular relationship didn’t warrant that kind of devastation. Being able to transform this painful situation into something strange and beautiful—elevating it into art—made everything I was feeling easier to process. And it allowed me to get the upper hand—to actually gain something from the whole experience rather than just feeling the loss.”