Following his debut album, Guilt Trips, on Last Gang Records, and his Secret Songs series launched earlier this year, Ryan Hemsworth continues to break the mold, and sail into uncharted territory with every new project. Today, he shares his new single, Snow In Newark, featuring Dawn Golden (helmed by Dexter Tortoriello of Houses), which premiered on Vogue. The track is on sale worldwide and as a 7″ vinyl here. He is also excited to share the news of an upcoming sophomore album to be released on Last Gang Records and Secret Songs, a new imprint that will be home to Hemsworth’s various collaborations and experiments.
“This song is special to me,” explains the many-sided producer. “I’m trying things at a different pace; fighting with expectations and conventional formulas. It’s been a weird time for me, so ‘Snow In Newark’ and the rest of this album are my personal reactions to the current state of electronic and rock music.”
Having originally explored his musical voice as a singer and guitarist in his teen years, Hemsworth rose to fame soon after starting his love affair with drum loops and samples. A couple critically-acclaimed R&B albums, a vast catalogue of underground rap collabos, and a string of landmark mixes and remix work took him on the road to the four corners of the world – all becoming important ingredients to define and inform his ear. With his Last Words EP and debut album Guilt Trips, these experiences began to crystalize and form a musical landscape that is at once all encompassing and completely singular. The Secret Songs project sprouted naturally this year as a new frontier into this frame of mind; a free outlet that is all about discovery and inclusion, a place to make connections between distinct sounds from unique artists that may otherwise never happen, all simply supported through a network of fans and musicians. In a few short months, the project took off and even got a nudge from the New York Times saying the project had effectively “started its own service”.
Within that context, Snow In Newark is a perfect primer into this forming universe, both future-facing with timeless nostalgia in the rear-view.
“I instantly loved Ryan’s beat for this song”, explains vocalist Dawn Golden. “It moves in a certain way that’s really simple and loose and still very interesting. I wanted to write something that complimented that, but didn’t overpower it with anything too heavy. It’s a sort of vignette about being on tour alone, dealing with the weird mix of calm isolation and the hyper-exposed social aspects of being on stage in front of strangers every night. It’s about the feeling of being eternally out of sync and uncomfortable and trying to find some semblance of love and home every night.”
Hemsworth will also be on tour in Japan and North America this fall, with Canadian stops in Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary and Edmonton.
“BRB” JAPAN DATES
October 10 I Unit I Tokyo
October 11 I JB’s I Nagoya
October 12 I Onzieme I Osaka
SUCKER FOR PUNISHMENT TOUR
November 5 | The Music Farm | Charleston, SC
November 6 | The Music Farm | Columbia, SC
November 7 | The Basement | Atlanta, GA
November 8 | Exit/In | Nashville, TN
November 9 | FunFunFun Fest | Austin, TX
November 11 | The Sinclair | Cambridge, MN
November 12 | Higher Ground | South Burlington, VT
November 13 | Double Door | Chicago, IL
November 14 | Le Belmont | Montreal, QC
November 15 | The Opera House | Toronto, ON
November 19 | U Street Music Hall | Washington, DC
November 20 | Bowery Ballroom | NYC, NY
November 21 | Rough Trade | Brooklyn, NY
November 22 | Johnny Brenda’s | Philadelphia, PA
November 26 | Union Sound Hall | Winnipeg, MB
November 27 | Hifi Club | Calgary, AB
November 28 | Starlite | Edmonton, AB
December 3 | Wow Hall | Eugene, OR
December 4 | Branx | Portland, OR
December 5 I Fonda Theatre I Los Angeles, CA
December 6 | Neumos | Seattle, WA
December 13 | Fox Theatre | Boulder, CO