Combining the timeless grit of The Band, earnest subtleties of Gram Parsons, and spacey soul feel of Todd Rundgren along with the melodic embellishments of R&B masterminds such as Sade and Luther Vandross, Ryan Wu has created a sound that is nothing more than painfully honest and emotionally evocative. Whether it’s the twang-y lead guitar work, funky bass lines, and or the intense vocal strains he puts out, his desire to craft and arrange catchy harmonies and jivin’ instrumentation alone encompasses the classics while looking towards the future. With the release of his first EP 'Take Care', an emotional ode to a hot, lazy summer's day, kicking off his solo musical career in 2014, Wu intends on pushing the boundaries of his writing even further with many new instruments, elements, and overall characteristics that is installed and celebrated throughout the upcoming new pieces of work. Releasing in the second half of May 2017 as a self-release, 'Wutasia' will introduce a fresh take on psychedelic folk rock that will leave you feeling melancholic and a little less lonely.
In the summer of 2016, Wu began developing what would now be his six song EP. It is during this time that Wu found a deep fascination and rekindled his love for 60s/70s rock/pop music where he would dive into lengthy catalogs of Neil Young, Harry Nilsson, Big Star, and Dusty Springfield all the while obsessing over the 1978 rockumentary, "The Last Waltz". Dealing with shifting friendships and loneliness, "Changin" and "Take a Ride" were of the first tracks written that also addresses his feelings during that long period. When it came time for Wu to go back to school in the fall, he began focusing on writing songs and often spent hours working on demoed versions of songs, which resulted in frustration and the desire to be perfect. Tracks like "Can't Be Without You" and "You and I" are ballad-esque pieces of work that dealt with the pain of not being able to keep a relationship. He would then spend the rest of the fall and winter recording each song in a studio and would often change arrangements and parts of songs that further added to the madness. With the help of producer Matt Ebbers and engineer Oliver Divone, the EP started to piece together around early spring. Wu would relentlessly track each instrument almost entirely by himself. The mastered work done by Steven Meara, was the finishing "analog touch" as he completed the master through an late 80s/early 90s tape machine.
released May 20, 2017
Mixed by Matt Ebbers
Mastered by Steven Meara
Engineered by Oliver Divone
Album art by Adrian Alfonso
Harmonica on Tracks 3 and 5 by Patrick Preziosi
Bass on Track 6 by Oliver Divone
Congas on Track 3 by Matt Ebbers
Backing vocals on Track 1 by Ben Verde
Backing vocals on Track 3 by Ben Verde and Tanya Chernyak
All other instrumentation written and performed by Ryan Wu.
Thanks to Matt, Oliver, Steven, Adrian, Ben, Tanya, Teo, Patrick, PJ, Alex, Erica, Aimee, Ryan, and everyone else who have inspired and helped me put this EP together. Love y'all.