The title Persona was inspired by Ingmar Bergman's film of the same name, specifically a shot in the opening credits of a child reaching out to touch a woman's face on a screen, which is shifting between one face and another. This powerful image struck Ryan and it inspired the album's main theme: an exploration of the persona, the difference between how we see ourselves and how others see us, the spaces in between; between states, people, light and dark, the inner persona and the outer persona.
"My music is generally inward looking. I like finding something about the self within music, that doesn't have to be specific but maybe asks something or reveals something. This record is a continuation of the self through electronic sounds. Like Legowelt once said, "a synthesiser is like a translator for unknown emotions," which I think sums up what I am trying to do. I think all these emotions we have make up our persona. So in a way by finding new ones you alter or expand your persona. And that is what I want my music to try to do. I deliberately aimed to be more sonically diverse with this record. I wanted to experiment more. I wanted to create new sounds and new emotions."
Recorded at his studio in south-east London, Persona benefits from Ryan's exploration of a dynamic production process that combines analogue-heavy synthesizers, acoustic and electric instruments with a shoegaze-level obsession with effect pedals. We're told that a "greater depth of emotion and confidence can be heard across the album. It follows the success of a series of releases the Odyssey and Sonne EPs, long player Howl, and 2016's mini album Night Melody.
03. Memory Arc
04. Phantom Grip
05. Be Kind
06. I Think So
07. Sun's Abandon
08. Dreamer's Wake
Persona LP is set for release on April 13 via Erased Tapes, with "Unfolding" available to stream below.