Lincoln-native Ryan Human is a musician whose vision extends beyond the stereotypes of Heartland rock and the desire to move past the open fields of his home state. Big dreams and bigger hooks fuel his ascent into the alternative pop stratosphere, stopping only briefly to dole out stadium-sized choruses and overt messages of positivity which seem in such short supply these days. With the release of his debut EP in 2016, he began a journey that took him across across the Midwest while building a formidable fanbase and further expounding upon the forceful piano melodies on which he's built his sound. Human doesn't just want a brief connection with his audiences; he wants to highlight the underlying humanity within his songs and to pass that on to those who find beauty and purpose in his work.
In 2017, he teamed up with Omaha upstart Circo Productions to craft the body of his forthcoming self-titled debut record, which is due out on April 27. Pulling from personal experience, and using these events to construct uplifting themes of understanding and emotional connection, he fashions an alternative pop aesthetic that relies less on bland platitudes and more on universal truths and communal inspiration. His work is bright and mesmerizing while transcending the complex singer-songwriter sounds and inclinations that lace themselves throughout his music.
On his new latest single, "Someone Else Out There," he offers an overwhelming tide of piano-pop melodies and affecting vocal twists -- the song is a rush of sugary rhythms and hard-won insight that burst across your senses like fireworks in the night sky. Like a cross between Ben Folds and Damien Rice, Human makes pop music that's both intuitive and poignant, reveling in a kind of unrelenting optimism that doesn't refute the negative but simply re-purposes it to serve its own needs. The music rises, filling our ears with a persuasive rhythmic perspective, before falling away and leaving us gasping for breath. Human doesn't simply ask that we consider these profound ideas but demands our full attention while piano slink, drums pound and cymbals crash all around us.