Regina-based singer/songwriter Ryan Hicks is set to release his 2nd full-length album on February 9th and today, the video for the first single and title track 'Pulsing Colours’ is premiering exclusively on Live in Limbo. Ryan will also be celebrating the release of his new album with a hometown release show on February 9th at The Exchange. See below for more details.
Ryan Hicks makes melodic, cinematic alt-pop music which he describes as "if Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson and the Fleet Foxes made music for a David Lynch film". Since the release of his critically acclaimed debut album Prairie Ocean in 2014, Ryan has been hard at work on his sophomore release Pulsing Colours. The album, set to be released on February 9th, is a concept record of all of the thoughts, moods and emotions that can come to us at night.
Pulsing Colours was inspired and written in tribute to Ryan’s stepmother, who took her own life in December 2014. Her loss made Ryan dig inward and look for meaning and his place in the world.
"My stepmother died of depression and was discovered by my dad in their home," says Ryan. "Her loss was heartbreaking. After her death, it made me do some soul searching and think about my place in the world. What am I giving back? What is the purpose of creating? Where do I belong? What have I done with my life to make the world a better place? These are big questions, for which I found no answers. But what it did do is push me to make an album from the heart and musically address some of these questions."
Pulsing Colours is a record about all of us finding our way in the universe. While the album deals with loss, it also gives a message of community, survival, love and hope. With the release of the captivating first single ‘Pulsing Colours’, Ryan Hicks sets the tone for the journey that he intends to take the listener on with his new record.
"This album came to me with just as strong visuals and moods as it did melodies and lyrics," says Ryan. "I was really inspired by David Lynch's work, specifically Twin Peaks, and wanted to channel some of that world's wonder, mysticism, humour, darkness and craziness. When I wrote the song, I imagined the song being sung from the perspective of a moon far away from other planets. Cold, silent, still and alone. This is a metaphor for how some people live their lives. It might not sound like it, but really it is a love song about someone coming into your life and making sense of all things. While you might not have all of the answers, you find the world is good and right when you are with them. This goes beyond romantic love, as there are people in my life who I feel bring clarity to the world when I am with them.”
yan Hicks new album Pulsing Colours will be available on Spotify, Apple Music/iTunes, and other digital retailers and streaming services on Friday, February 9th. For more information and the most up to date tour schedule, please visit: www.ryanhicksband.com
Ryan Hicks >> Upcoming Tour Dates
February 9 - Regina, SK - The Exchange - Album Release Show (Ticket Link)
February 10 - Calgary, AB - Cornerstone Music Cafe
Ryan Hicks - Pulsing Colours Track Listing
Release Date: February 9th, 2018 (Independent)
1. Pulsing Colours
2. Quiet Town
3. I Want It All
4. The Smartest Man Here
5. Footprints In The Sand
6. Seriously Baby
8. Dead Branches
9. Floor On Fire
10. Sparkwood and 21
WATCH/POST Ryan Hicks - 'Pulsing Colours' video here (via YouTube)
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CLICK HERE for album art + high-res press photos (Photo Credit: Ali Lauren)