ryan john clary – “PERMANENT”


“PERMANENT” is a new track from ryan john clary, who was the frontman of the band Vú/Driip from 2015 to 2020. His solo material reflects a more introspective, acoustic-embracing sound, evident on the gripping “PERMANENT.” “Part of this song is about how I get tattoos after learning important life lessons, in hopes that those lessons become as permanent as the tattoo,” Clary says. The track’s cover art is his own ‘PERMANENT’ tattoo, referencing the album title.

Impressing in its range from brightly quaint folk introspection into a concluding, slowed-down murkiness, “PERMANENT” stirs in its insightful perspectives on aspiring to change for the better within a world of tumult. “But it’s not that easy,” the vocals conclude during a compelling chorus; the slower conclusive sections then takes hold, depicting a sense of being surrounded by strangeness, into the familiar “but it’s not that easy,” sequence. “PERMANENT” is an impactful piece of songwriting from ryan john clary.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Emerging Singles’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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