The work of singer-songwriter Ryan Oyer is intrinsically tied to personal experience and emotional connection. Oyer joyfully embraces his own history to inform the spaces within his music and uses the resulting rhythmic roar as a way to connect with his audience. Universal sentiment and intimate insight are irrevocably intertwined within a landscape of folk-rock rurality and indie rock tenacity. Wistfully exploring the same environments as fellow storytellers Jeff Tweedy and Jim James, he conjures comfortable evenings situated around campfires and loses himself within the lulling ease of front porch singalongs.
Oyer is currently gearing up for the release of his new record, “Silver Linings,” which is due out a little later this year, and he’s already shared a couple of tracks from it. Recently, however, he had an itch to return to his 2016 EP, “So Far So Good” --- specifically, to a song called “I Can’t Help but Feeling.” A song which, according to Oyer, felt a little different than the work he was creating under the Ryan Oyer Band moniker he was using at the time. Built around Oyer’s voice, an acoustic guitar and some gorgeous stringwork, the song is a testament to the affecting minimalism that has become a trademark of his work in recent years. Oyer is re-releasing the song today as a one-off single to coincide with an especially important anniversary.
“I wrote this tune a few weeks after Chelsey [Oyer’s wife] and I first started dating,” he explains. “When we recorded it during the ’So Far So Good’ EP sessions, I had not heard Stephanie Brooks’ arrangement for it until the day we recorded it. As she laid down the tracks, I was blown away by what I heard coming out of the studio speakers. The first time I played the recording for Chelsey she actually cried which is a rare occasion, so I knew we did good. I have felt like this one really should have been a solo tune for a while since it was just me and Steph on it, so I decided to release it on the five-year anniversary of the first date Chels and I had. In reality, this one was the beginning of my upcoming ‘Silver Linings’ album.”