Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Vultures”?
Yes, it’s a song that I think a lot of people can see as a feminist song that depicts the #MeToo movement. It definitely can be, but I was also expressing ways people feel taken advantage of or marginalized. I tried to find something beautiful and sing sweeping melodies to depict something ugly and sad. I chose the Vulture to represent that.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Sort of, because I had the first line for some time, I was actually able to write to this song when I felt secure about this habit of being taken advantage was something behind me. So yes, I did write it with someone in mind.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Yes! We filmed a video for this. We are just waiting on the finishing touches from a dear friend of mine who is doing the CGI work!
How was the recording and writing process?
This was interesting. I wrote the first line to the song a few years ago but put it down because at the time, I think I wanted the song to be something else. I have been practicing allowing whatever comes out to come out, so in the end, this ended up the fastest song to write. My producer thought it would take a while so he went home to get some dinner and hang out at home expecting me to take all night, by the time he walked home I told him to come back it was done. We ended up recording the first take of this and adding other ornaments and instrumentation over the next couple weeks.
How has Kate Bush and Stevie Nicks influenced your writing?
For a long time I wanted to have a sound like Stevie NIcks. Eventually, I didn’t want the comparison because I felt like I was writing my own thing with my own meaning that was quite different. I made a pointed effort to “not sound like Stevie”…. with no other thought and just let it come out; then I got “Wow! you sound a lot like Kate Bush!”
What is it about the 70s that you find so fascinating?
The 70s had a carefree and rebellious spirit and it always seemed like it was chasing a utopia that was always just out of reach. It’s even more fascinating now because it appears that it’s never been in reach and music is starting to reflect that I think. Music is starting to have a post apocalyptic flare.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
It’s great… I am working on/have all the demos done for a concept album I started a while back. I don’t want to give much away beyond that but I’m very excited to finish up that one!
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
This EP will be out in March or April… The concept album hopefully in the fall!
Any plans to hit the road?
Yes, I actually just hit the road doing a run of shows along the east coast but have to take it easy due to a vocal injury and had to go on vocal rest. The plan is to be back up and running for a bunch of dates from March-May.
What else is happening next in Eddy Lee Ryder’s world?
Hot tea! Listen to good music & rest the voice. I knew Eddy when she was cool….