Previously performing under the name ‘Man At War’, Ryan Rebo has released his first music under his own name. Focusing on vocal melodies and performance, he’s taken his formerly folky sound and dived headlong into a more contemporary electric guitar, in his song, ‘Boogieman’.
Born in Seattle, he moved to Montana at the age of ten, where he found comfort in nature and was inspired to pick up the guitar. At sixteen he started sharing his own compositions on MySpace, finding an audience in the earliest heydays of the internet. He released two EPs with his band Broadband Shortwave, then his debut album, ‘Dizzy American’, came out in 2009, followed by his EP, ‘The Lonely Scientist’ the next year, and ‘Western Dreams Of Things Unseen’ in 2012. His next project, the album, ‘7 Songs In The Key Of Z’ is expected to be released next spring.
‘Boogieman’ has been produced by Graham Barton and comes with a video directed by Dead Dinosaur Productions. Opening on Ryan washing his face, he catches a glimpse in the mirror of something otherworldly, and he’s chased throughout the video by the “boogieman”. Themes of escapism and mental illness are explored in the clip, with Ryan haunted by mysterious figures in masks. The video gives a compelling representation of what it means to suffer from anxiety, and panic disorder. The video comes full circle, when he once again catches sight of himself in the mirror, and realises he’s been running from himself the entire time.