Ryan Hemsworth Signs to Saddle Creek for New Quarter-Life Crisis Project

The first EP features Frances Quinlan, Hand Habits, Charlie Martin, Claud and Yohuna

BY Josiah HughesPublished Oct 7, 2020

Ryan Hemsworth recently demonstrated his mainstream pop prowess with the fantastic Ryanpack Vol. 3, but now the Canadian genre hopper is returning to something a little more indie, signing to Saddle Creek for a new project called Quarter-Life Crisis.

The project sees Hemsworth team up with different indie musicians to collaborate on songs. The first EP, which is self-titled, features Frances Quinlan (of Hop Along), Hand Habits, Charlie Martin (of Hovvdy), Claud and Yohuna. The Quinlan collaboration "Postcards from Spain" can be streamed below.

"I had a plan going into the Quarter-Life Crisis project, but Frances really helped radicalize me, this collaboration was kind of the catalyst I unknowingly needed," Hemsworth said in a press release. "Working on the arrangement together and with our engineer Ryan Schwabe was the best — I've worked with a lot of people but I felt a serious encouraging push from them. In the end we got this fun mix of live, electronic, soft and hard sounds (And a children's choir on the chorus!). It feels like the basis of my whole project."

Quinlan added: "This was one of my first attempts at writing lyrics to a fully formed and recorded melody — it's certainly one of the few times I've worked on something collaborating with an artist other than my bandmates in Hop Along. I love the melodies Ryan Hemsworth composes, they're both catchy and intriguing, calculated and dreamy. I was nervous about possibly throwing a wrench into it with my vocals, as I'm so used to writing lyrics along with the chords, but it ended up being a really freeing experience to focus solely on vocal melody, to play with where I could take what was already there, already strong on its own." 

Quarter-Life Crisis will be available on December 4. 

Quarter-Life Crisis:

1. Waterfall (ft. Charlie Martin)
2. Comfortable (ft. Hand Habits)
3. Postcard from Spain (ft. Frances Quinlan)
4. You & Me (ft. Claud)
5. Fatigue
6. Stars (ft. Yohuna)

Pre-order Quarter-Life Crisis.

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