Out today, Hudson Valley Ryan Martin’s latest single “At Dusk (feat. Mikaela Davis)” sets up another example of what listeners come to expect with the singer-songwriters work. The backdrop of honest, emotional lyrics wrapped in everlasting melodies also found space within melodic hooks that are simply pure. “At Dusk” was originally on Martin’s 2020 release Wandercease – an album that praised by media outlets for its Americana backdrop along with the rich songwriting.
For this version of “At Dusk,” veteran producer/engineer Paul Kolderie (Pixies, Radiohead) remixed the song, highlighting the sublime harmonies between Martin and guest singer/harpist Mikaela Davis, and cranking up the rock and roll energy in the anthemic choruses.
Martin said about the single: “‘At Dusk’ is me turning my back on someone in an attempt to regain something I thought I’d lost. I wanted to let my convictions speak in some sort of statement. It could also reflect disillusion – the life you imagine for yourself against the reality of what it is, and being unable to reconcile the imagined from the reality – and then running away because you can’t cope with the confusion and emotions around that. But all that shit aside, its break up song, nothing new, just what I was feeling at the time. It’s a pretty tune about a jilter and the jilted.”
Martin recently showcased at the Mondo.NYC conference with a live performance filmed at Old Soul Studios in Catskill, NY featuring musicians Jared Samuel (Kevin Morby), Nick Kinsey (Waxahatchee), David Lizmi (Fun), and Connor Grant (Sean Lennon). Tonight, Martin opens for Ellen Foley at Bowery Electric in NYC. Foley famously collaborated with Meatloaf on “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” and sang on records by The Clash and Joe Jackson.
Originally from Los Gatos, California, Martin started writing songs when he was 14 and was soon touring up and down the West Coast. After moving to New York City, assembling a band of brilliant eccentrics, and growing a devout audience, Martin released his debut album For All the Beautiful Losers, followed by 2018’s Gimme Some Light (High Moon Records). The gorgeous ‘paint-on-glass’ video for “Real Human Being” from that album is currently a featured selection at animation festivals all over the world. With Wandercease (High Moon Records), the album borne from Martin’s relocation from New York City to the Hudson Valley. At Old Soul Studios in Catskill, NY, producer Kenny Siegal (Langhorne Slim, Joseph Arthur), went deep into the songs; finding their essential seeds and drawing on his abundant network of local musicians—first call players for artists such as David Byrne, Waxahatchee, Kevin Morby, and Lana Del Rey—to help grow the songs into the captivating and emotionally-rich versions on the record.