When it comes to songwriting, it's not just about the instrumentation. There is an equal weight to writing lyrics that capture a vivid moment in time; a story that remains tangible and relatable to all ears willing to listen. Ryan Stively has always had a knack for the literary and clever spectrum of lyricism, it also doesn't hurt that his music is also engaging and wraps you up in an acoustic and melodic landscape - each song being a comfortable chair to sit in.
Let's dig into a few songs...
The energetic and reflective "We Forget Everything" brings in many organic textures that include acoustic guitar and piano. Contrary to the title, there is a hopeful element to this song that is liberating and captures a youthful spark with vocals wrapped in percussion.
"Golden October" travels with scenic imagery down a classic backcountry road. Through classic electric guitar work and a steady beat, there is a reflective tone to the lyrics expressing detail in moments that are both human and vulnerable.
Continuing on with "Soft Kindgom", there is a somber mood that is creating with intimate string and guitar textures calling for reflection and emphasis on the vocals leading the story and narrative. This is a beautiful number that you can stargaze to.
Be sure to check out Ryan Stively's Marmoset Artist Profile and enjoy the music video below for "We Forget Everything"