Ryn Weaver Is Hardly 'The Fool': How the Buzzed-About Singer's Debut is Pushing Boundaries

by Sophie Schillaci 1:35 PM PDT, June 16, 2015
Playing Ryn Weaver Is Hardly 'The Fool': How the Buzzed-About Singer's Debut is Pushing Boundaries

World, meet Ryn Weaver.

The 22-year-old singer today released her debut album, The Fool, fueled by buzz surrounding a slew of festival performances and the seemingly overnight success of her lead single, "OctaHate." (We're talking 1 million SoundCloud streams in two weeks.)

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"It felt like a good first move to introduce me to the world," she tells ETonline of the track, co-written by the album's executive producers, Benny Blanco and Passion Pit's Michael Angelakos, along with hitmaker Charli XCX and Norwegian DJ Cashmere Cat. "It seemed like a very kick down the door record. It's very aggressive and sassy."

Her album may be billed "pop," but Weaver challenges anyone to try and fit her in a box. Case in point: the dreamy, ethereal title track.

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"If you know the box that you are in, you are not pushing music hard enough," she says, "you're not trying to change things enough, you're not trying to activate things enough. If you know exactly your genre, that means you're doing something that's been done."

Weaver -- née Aryn Wuthrich, great-granddaughter of songwriter Ned Wever -- classifies her sound as a mix of pop, alternative, rock, folk, and "kind of whatever," insisting that "I'm whatever you want me to be."

But Weaver is most-herself on "Promises," a dreamy and personal song that led last year's EP, co-written with producers Blanco and Angelakos.

"It's very much near and dear to my heart on a level that's not just about my relationship to someone else, it's my relationship with myself," Weaver says.

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Top to bottom, Weaver says to expect "a story" on The Fool. "It starts from this place of being lost and getting out of something you didn't want to be a part of, and it kinda ends with you being found -- but still not wanting [to] settle for those things that you feel are expected of you... it's kind of a modern human's experience I think with love and freedom."

Hardly seems foolish to us.

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