RY X gravitates towards connection. Connection to nature, to his emotions, to his body and spirit, to the human experience. On his third, transcendental solo album, Blood Moon, the Australian musician delves into what inspires the pull into these spaces – the ways in which we move through the world – in songs that serve as the apotheosis of his artistic expression.
Throughout his career, RY X has sought to engage in all forms of artistic expression, evidenced by sold-out performances across the world, performing in hallowed spaces such as London's Royal Albert Hall alongside orchestras and string sections, and in videos for songs such as “Beacon”, in 2017. “I feel it’s another of the ‘pure’ art forms in that it’s able to catalyze feeling,” he says. “Dance coupled with music is such a powerful experience.” That same year, he hosted an astounding performance at Berlin’s historic Konzerthaus with the German Chamber Orchestra, then, in 2018, performed at the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo with The Acid, his collaborative project with British DJ Adam Freeland and California producer Steve Nalepa. “You have to, right?” he says, of his relentless seeking of new ways to express himself. “I could repeat myself, but the role of a true artist is to dig deep, to strip yourself of your own ideas.”
He embraced this attitude when conceiving his new album’s title. The term Blood Moon encapsulates the dichotomy of insular and outward-gazing ideas in his art. There’s something ominous about it: “It’s not a beautiful title,” RY X agrees. “Those words carry weight. It’s what love and joy and grief and pain look like.” He found himself considering his lyrics on this record, and the gravity they hold, at the same time researching the meanings behind the Blood Moon. “In indigenous culture, it marks a time of inward observation, a time not to discard the dark, but to learn about it,” he says. In not shying away from the dark, RY X has unveiled his most profound and personal work to date.