Published Oct 07, 2020Ryan Hemsworth recently demonstrated his mainstream pop prowess with the fantastic Ryanpack Vol. 3, but now the Canadian genre hopper is returning to something a little more indie, signing to Saddle Creek for a new project called Quarter-Life Crisis.
The project sees Hemsworth team up with different indie musicians to collaborate on songs. The first EP, which is self-titled, features Frances Quinlan (of Hop Along), Hand Habits, Charlie Martin (of Hovvdy), Claud and Yohuna. The Quinlan collaboration "Postcards from Spain" can be streamed below.
"I had a plan going into the Quarter-Life Crisis project, but Frances really helped radicalize me, this collaboration was kind of the catalyst I unknowingly needed," Hemsworth said in a press release. "Working on the arrangement together and with our engineer Ryan Schwabe was the best — I've worked with a lot of people but I felt a serious encouraging push from them. In the end we got this fun mix of live, electronic, soft and hard sounds (And a children's choir on the chorus!). It feels like the basis of my whole project."
Quinlan added: "This was one of my first attempts at writing lyrics to a fully formed and recorded melody — it's certainly one of the few times I've worked on something collaborating with an artist other than my bandmates in Hop Along. I love the melodies Ryan Hemsworth composes, they're both catchy and intriguing, calculated and dreamy. I was nervous about possibly throwing a wrench into it with my vocals, as I'm so used to writing lyrics along with the chords, but it ended up being a really freeing experience to focus solely on vocal melody, to play with where I could take what was already there, already strong on its own."
Quarter-Life Crisis will be available on December 4.
1. Waterfall (ft. Charlie Martin)
2. Comfortable (ft. Hand Habits)
3. Postcard from Spain (ft. Frances Quinlan)
4. You & Me (ft. Claud)
6. Stars (ft. Yohuna)
Pre-order Quarter-Life Crisis.