Ry X and Ólafur Arnalds cultivate a tide of emotion in their collaborative track ‘Oceans’

Icelandic producer and composer Ólafur Arnalds has collaborated with LA-based vocalist Ry X to produce ‘Oceans’, an articulated track filled with nuanced emotion that collides in sonic waves.

The creative kinship is clear from the fluid nature of the track, a crafted composition of lo-fi beats and subtle synths shimmering underneath the glassy surface of Ry X’s husky croons. The organic atmosphere between the two producers results in a truly delightful track with a tempo driven foundation that evades genre specificity – a common advantage of collaborations between distinct but distinguished artists.

The melodic pulsations that open the track guide Ry X’s vocals into the forefront, the subtle percussion building beneath barely distracting from the lyrics as we’re invited to ‘Let it go // Free your mind’. The intermittent pauses and breaks in the song ensure the listener doesn’t slip into a sense of security, one encouraged by the sultry sweet sounds that soothe you within seconds. The changing pace and punctuating percussive twists elevate the rhythms to an overarching level of composed complexity.

The background melody echoes like a bell, rung in the distance, its location unknown. Yet these echoes catalyse waves that build within the first three minutes until they  come crashing down in all their synth-laden glory. The repetition of ‘I’m bleeding oceans’ insights the depth and force this track expels. The emotional wound from which he’s ‘bleeding our love’ is a release for his ardour, that of which permeates the lyrics throughout. As the track ends with a metallic echo that parallels the opening, the cyclical nature of the ocean is evoked as the sea of emotions reclaims this wave of sadness and affection back into the fold of the deep mysterious ocean once more.


If you’d like to find out more about Ry X, you can follow him via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For Ólafur Arnalds, you can follow him via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Their new track ‘Oceans’ is now available to stream via Spotify.

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