NEW ARTIST: RYAN WRIGHT | HAPPY BIRTHDAY
We all have pent-up emotions regarding bad romances, but few can create the ultimate tune to put the sorrow to bed like Ryan Wright. Her new single “Happy Birthday (Go Fuck Yourself)” carries both warm and icy tones through the '80s-tinged synths, pulsing drums, funny but authentically brutal lyrics, and energized chorus. Her undeniably relatable lyrics are written about her everyday experiences, innermost feelings, and struggles, both universal and personal—everything from friend drama to being ghosted by boys to deal with anxiety. Wright confides, “My songs are essentially my bottled-up emotions all being poured out in a way that makes them sound surreal. I wanted to make these very relatable experiences sound unfamiliar and strange–almost like listening to a soundtrack from an alternate reality.”
Wright was born in the suburbs of Northern Virginia in 2002. She began writing songs and performing live alongside her singer/songwriter dad at the age of 11. By the time she was a teenager, she had worked in the studio and on stage alongside some of her biggest musical influences. In 2019, she began co-producing her current EP with her dad Todd Wright and collaborator Ethan Mentzer (The Click 5), working to hone a sound that wears its influences on its sleeve while still maintaining Wright's originality and authenticity that defines Wright as an artist. Her influences range from the classic (The Cars, Roy Orbison, The Smiths) to the current (The Killers, 1975, Lana Del Ray) to the local musicians she grew up playing with and learning from. Her indie dream-pop has been compared to Lorde, Lennon Stella and The Japanese House.