Combray shares his debut single ‘September’ exclusively via Vents! ‘September’ is taken from Combray’s upcoming ‘ Awakening’ album, due 2018.
Combray was formed by Ryan Wesley in the fall of 2017. Combray is named after the fictitious town in Marcel Proust seminal work “In Search of Lost Time”—which has been critically acclaimed as one of the best works of literature ever written. It’s main theme revolves around the idea of “involuntary memory”–the idea that many of our most rich and rewarding experiences in life can be activated through unexpected moments i.e. Smelling or tasting something that brings you back to a specific moment in time when you were a kid—where all the feelings return as if you were right there again reliving the moment for the first time. Combray was formed to create music that can hopefully in some small way transport the listener back to their own rich and meaningful moments in life. The music combines themes and sounds familiar with ideas that are new and progressive. Similar to Marcel Prousts’ work that took over 15 years to write, Combray seeks to release great musical art over time that people of all ages and walks of life can experience.
The music is spacious and nostalgic, certain and uncertain… The music is sonically driven… wide open… with ambient soundscapes. Each song has bit of longing for something or someplace not yet discovered… hints of hope mixed with melancholy.
In addition we had a chance to sit with Combray to talk about the single and more!
Hi Combray, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
I’ve been great. Thanks for having me!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “September”? Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
This was written in reflection of 9/11 and how our country kind of changed on that day. It’s about how tragic moments and suffering have a way of awakening our soul and forcing us to seeing life differently. The greater theme of the song is that going through tough times, if we will allow them, can change us for the better. So often though we avoid pain and suffering and stunt our own growth.
How was the recording and writing process?
It was written and recorded in my apartment in about 2 days. It felt pretty inspired… like the song already existed and I just finally found it. I ended up having real drums and bass overdubbed down in Nashville to add a more organic and dynamic sound.
What role does Seattle play in your music?
Seattle is an introverted and reflective place. Lots of rainy days and overcast weather will do this to you!! I find that my expression through music is both melancholy and hopeful… longing and determined.
Does your new single mean we can expect a new album – how’s that coming along?
Yes, the new album “Awakening” will be out sometime in 2018. It has 12 songs. They are all in the final stages of being finished. I’m excited to release sometime soon.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Not yet. Hopefully Springtime.
Any plans to hit the road?
Not at the moment. I’m still trying to discover my audience a bit and see who this music resonates with first. If I find an audience and there is any sort of desire to see me play live I will certainly consider this. Right now I am more of a ”living room producer singer songwriter”.
What else is happening next in Combray’s world?
I’ve got a friend and producer Scott Fairclough coming up from Nashville this week to help continue to craft some of the songs for “Awakening”. I am getting really excited about the album and can’t wait to share it with everyone.