2015 may arguably be among the biggest years for women artists in recent memory – especially for up-and-coming artists. In the past few months, young artists such as Chelsea Lankes have caught the attention of the blogosphere. The Texas-born, New Jersey-raised and Los Angeles-based Phoebe Ryan continues that trend, as she’s blown up across the blogosphere during the early part of this year – in particular, she’s received quite a bit of attention for a unique mashup of R. Kelly’s “Ignition” and Miguel’s “Do You Like” that’s both highly post-modern and trippy.
Ryan’s latest single “Dead” possesses a highly contemporary pop sound – a chilly and sparse production based around pulsing synths and minimalist beats paired with Ryan’s breathily cooed, seductive vocals. Lyrically, much like her contemporaries, Ryan discusses her emotional state. In this case, in light of what appears to be the aftermath of a breakup with an unvarnished frankness – the sort of frankness that many young people have in the social media age.
The recently released official video possesses a dream-like logic as the video is comprised of scenes of dancers dancing around Ryan, Ryan cooing towards a bird perched on her arm and Ryan laying down in a field with pedals softly raining on her.