Published Dec 12, 2016Former DGS Samurai Champs member Nono Ryan is set to make his solo debut with Flow Tank, and Exclaim! is giving you an early listen to the album in its entirety.
The Regina-based hip-hop artist's attention to detail comes through in the intricately worded narratives of his songs, letting listeners in on his personal encounters with spiritualism (he is an ordained Buddhist monk, after all) and struggles with isolation.
"During my monkhood in the jungles of Chiang Mai, I was completely isolated from modern society," Ryan explained in a statement. "This seclusion gave me clarity to embrace the peace that comes from within. Our modern society often teaches us to blame extrinsic factors for our suffering, when in reality, we are the creators of our own suffering. Equally, we all contain the capacity for our own healing."
In addition to streaming the new album, Ryan has also unleashed a brand new video for "Waves." The clip was directed by Marvin Chan and shot on location in Berlin, aiming to capture the temporary nature of emotion.
"No matter how intensely one experiences emotional suffering, it all comes to pass," he said, mapping out the meaning of the song. "Regrets of the past may come to haunt you, but hopes of the future will always return to greet you. This is the gift that comes with being able to love so passionately in life. We all have the capacity to experience emotions wholly in the present, if we allow ourselves to. Regardless the emotion, it all comes in waves."
Flow Tank is officially out on December 19, but you stream the whole thing and watch the video for "Waves" down below right now.