By Elli Ray
While Ryn Weaver’s song ‘Octahate’ is her most popular, after being noticed by pop artists Charli XCX, Jessie Ware, and Hayley Williams of Paramore, there are some attributes to her song ‘Promises’ that leave the listener wanting more of her lilting voice.
Ryn Weaver, born Erin Michelle Wuthrich, is 22 years old, and a new voice to add to the list of ever growing syth-pop artists. Even she describes her genre as something similar; “fairy pop”. Born in San Diego California, she went to school at NYU’s Tisch School of The Arts before dropping out after two years, and moving to Los Angeles.
In 2010, Weaver met producer Benny Blanco in New York. She presented her Soundcloud to him shortly thereafter and her career sprouted wings from there.
Her musical influences are Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Carly Simon, Tori Amos, Fiona Apple, Joanna Newsom, David Bowie, and Led Zeppelin. Her songs are easy to dance to, but the lyrics are, like any pop song, lacking depth and any real meaning behind them; “Promises” has the former trait but not the latter. In “Octahate”, she sings of falling in love and being heartbroken by the same person she fell in love with. If you were to google ‘synth-pop love/hate songs’ I almost guarantee you will find infinite results. In “Promises” she speaks of wanting to believe in something she knows isn’t true (possibly love) and then finally letting herself admit the truth to herself. Either song is definitely an experience to listen to.
Her EP was released in 2014, and she plans to release a full album this year. Hopefully the songs will be just as good as her others.