Contrary to his melancholic and realistic approach, Ryan Oliver is an optimistic artist; a free spirited, endearing natured deep thinker contrasted by an element of Aussie cheek. The light and shade you experience in his world is indicative of the planet around, representing the harsh reality of the state of society and the complexities of everyday relationships, all taken with a grain of salt. Sonically, Ryan intertwines honest melody with spacious atmospheres, whilst maintaining a rootsy and earthy foundation. Not Having You is the debut single from former Oliver’s Army frontman and multi- instrumentalist. In 2016, feeling an undeniable urge to break free from city life and the constant pulse of Melbourne, Oliver relocated to the fringes of Gippsland to isolate himself and refocus his energies into making music that would be cathartic and make sense of the intricacies of living in a thriving city.
Not Having You tells a familiar story of a close relationship, one that may have progressed to being more intimate than they had anticipated. The notion that having a friendship with someone you know to be a forbidden fruit is still preferable to not being around them at all. Its a personal struggle and a difficult decision that many have to go through and is a contentious one.
Ryan plays all instruments on the EP and it was recorded in Yarraville with producer Matthew Neighbour who has worked with Matt Corby, Cousin Tony’s Brand New Firebird, Jen Cloher, The Avalanches, Missy Higgins amongst others. Ryan will be celebrating the launch of the new song with full band in mid 2018, with the full EP sure for release later in the year.