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Ryan Shane Owen Sings You His Summersong

The multilingual arsist invites you on a vibrant Mediterranean journey on his latest LP.

Ryan Shane Owen continues to be a man for all musical seasons with his latest album Summersong — showcasing today on Tinnitist.

Following his acclaimed 2023 release Wintersong, the independent Canadian musician has unveiled Summersong. This new album is a rich tapestry of musical genres, from classical opera to traditional folk, evoking the sun-soaked ambiance of Mediterranean countries. Produced, arranged, and performed entirely by Ryan himself, the album showcases his versatile vocals in 10 languages.

Owen has been immersed in music since childhood, mastering piano, guitar, and vocals over his 25-year career. After exploring dance-pop with albums like Rhapsody For The Disco, Symphony For The Stereo and Concerto For The Underground between 2021 and 2022, he returned to his classical and folk roots. However, he reimagined these timeless pieces with a contemporary twist, infusing them with electronic elements for a fresh, modern sound.

Summersong kicks off with La Paloma, a Spanish classic dating back to the 1800s, celebrated for its numerous renditions throughout history. The album continues with Santa Lucia, a beloved Neapolitan song praising the beauty of Naples, and O Sole Mio, another iconic Neapolitan piece famously adapted into Elvis Presley’s hit It’s Now Or Never.

Ryan’s innovative approach extends to La Golondrina, commemorating Mexican exiles with a disco-infused reinterpretation, and Habanera from Bizet’s Carmen, traditionally sung by women but transformed by Ryan’s unique vocal style and modern beats.

In Duo Des Fleurs from Delibes’ opera Lakmé’ Ryan brings a dreamy, surreal touch reminiscent of artists like David Lynch and Lana Del Rey. He also tackles Handel’s operatic gem Ombra Mai Fù, blending its majestic melody with contemporary flair. The album features the Hebrew song Hineh Ma Tov, offering a reggae-inspired twist on its melancholic lyrics, and explores Greek influences with To Gelakaki and the lively folk dance Palamakia. Ryan’s rendition of Misirlou, known for Dick Dale’s surf-guitar version and featured in Pulp Fiction, showcases his eclectic musical palette.

From Verdi’s opera La Traviata, Ryan presents the joyous drinking song Libiamo Ne’ Lieti Calici and Va Pensiero (Sull’ali Dorate) from Nabucco, a poignant chorus reflecting on the Babylonian exile. The album concludes with Ti Ipermaho, an ancient Greek Orthodox hymn dating back to the fifth century AD, providing a majestic finale to Owen’s musical odyssey on Summersong.

Experience the timeless melodies and innovative spirit of Summersong as Owen invites you to immerse yourself in the cultural richness of the Mediterranean through his electrifying new album. Listen to Summersong below and join Ryan Shane Owen on his website, Instagram and Twitter.