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The defining feature of Ryan Downey's music is his voice, a jaw-dropping amalgamation of Leonard Cohen and a spirited Bill Callaghan by way of a mid-century crooner. Running is a glorious and perfectly constructed 21st century folk gem, not a note detracts from Downey's rich baritone as he sings a song cycle of humor and pathos. Deftly plucked nylon string guitar, mesmerizing baritone, pitter-patter electric beats, electric guitar flourishes and rich synths; Downey has created a musical world unlike any that you've heard before. Produced by Steve Hassett (Luluc) and recorded in both New York and Melbourne, Running reveals Ryan Downey as a timeless talent, an artist capable of balancing cheek and sincerity, classicism and swagger, grandeur and restraint, all within a single, composed breath.