Song of the Week: RYAN Playground – “Almost Died”

“Almost Died” fuses electronica with an organic tenderness.

The opening beat sounds like the latest single by RYAN Playground is going to veer into a digital soundscape. But instead, a lightly-plucked acoustic guitar forms the center melody of this fragile tune. As she picks out the lovely melody, snappy beats create a strong backbone and her voice wields harmonies both quiet yet firm.

As RYAN told Paper Magazine, the song is about “the vulnerability that comes with bonding over shared issues and the intense connections that can result.” “Almost Died” is proof that intensity doesn’t need to equal volume. Sometimes, it’s the gentlest tracks that grab hold of you.

“Almost Died” is available now.