The layers of multi-instrumentalist Ryan Egan are just starting to unravel on “Swarm,” the final single from his upcoming sophomore EP, Fever & Bloom, arriving Jan. 9 via AWAL/Kobalt.
The song stands as a moment where the New York-based artist found a “very organic, common ground” with influences like Björk, Radiohead and D’Angelo, and its scale is proof of it. A jolting guitar loop conjures up an intriguing urgency that swells to an elaborate arrangement of speckled pianos and a gripping synth climax.
Egan maneuvers about “Swarm” with a controlled edge that naturally builds anticipation while demonstrating his command over the impending clamor. The track offers an ample preview of the varied palette on the EP, which he composed and produced entirely on his own.
“In many ways, this song is a perfect representation of the sound I’ve been digging for over the years as a composer,” Egan tells Billboard. “Hopefully when listening to the various things I write and release, people can start to connect these dots and will find something unique that resonates with them.”
Fever & Bloom follows his 2015 debut EP Postures, and has been preceded by singles “Easy To Lose” in the early summer and “Tongue of Yours” in September. Egan is also preparing his release support early with a show before the end of the year at Rough Trade NYC on Dec. 13 with The Maybirds. Tickets are available here.
Check out “Swarm” below.