Ryan Beatty is back and better than ever!
After what appeared to be a brief hiatus, the singer-songwriter came on social media to announce the release of his third studio album, Calico – set to release April 28. The album is said to be led by the new single “Ribbons,” which is out this Friday, March 17.
According to Gay Times, the album is described as a “warm and delightful listen that showcases Ryan’s emotive vocals over a delicate piano melody.” “Ribbons” includes the lyric, “It’s brace to be nothing to no one at all,” which the artist refers to as the “proverb of Calico.”
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Beatty has cultivated his musical talents over the years, existing as both a relatively arcane individual while also contributing to a wide array of influential and notable works. The 24-year-old vocalist, songwriter and producer worked with Tyler, the Creator on his Grammy-winning piece Igor and has also contributed Kevin Abstract‘s ARIZONA BABY and BROCKHAMPTON‘s Saturation II & Saturation III. The artist is most famously known for his prominent vocals on the popular hit song “Sugar,” off of BROCKHAMPTON‘s album GINGER.
The solo artist has also received tons of critical acclaim for his two previous bodies of work, including his debut album Boy in Jeans (2018) and his sophomore album Dreaming of David (2020). Both albums are dear and special in their own way, with Boy in Jeans’ emotive lyrics paired with experimental electronic production and Dreaming of David‘s beautifully executed synth album, highlighting moments of transformation and self-expression in the artist’s life. It’s clear that Beatty has mesmerizing vocals, but his production skills are definitely not left unnoticed.
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On social media, the artist wrote: “what started as a night became a morning under the southern sun became a citrus kiss became a crickets click became a cows howl behind the slaughterhouses door you spun the car keys took your shirt off chewed two apples to the core turning red turning west tipping the switchblade to roswell trucking through tucson my california called us in the distance i saw your shadow i bared your cross i felt your heart i tasted your tongue in my teeth and it became the perfect carnage of my feelings for you.”
Notable names in the industry and fans flocked to the comments to praise the lyrics of his latest single.
Calico is the follow-up to Ryan’s lauded sophomore studio album Dreaming of David. Co-produced by the star with Ethan Gruska, Calico was recorded over two years and “matches Ryan’s lyrical revelations with a luminously detailed sound that inspires endless fascination despite its great subtlety.”
A press release described the album as a “timeless ands transportive body of work” that provides “abundant space for the transformation and healing that led to its creation”.