As #Q3 starts to stagnate before the crash-wallop of the year’s end, 21-year-old Ryn Weaver has unleashed the second track from her debut EP, “Promises”, upon the world. And thank goodness she has.
Having made an impact with her debut single “OctaHate”, Weaver is no stranger to brilliant choruses. With “Promises”, she has tapped into the songwriting well that Sia so favours, serving euphoria, power and emotionally charged melodies.
The track itself incorporates the 90s nostalgia so favoured by “OctaHate” collaborator Charli XCX. Yet whereas Charli’s songwriting veers left-of-centre, Weaver manages to remain completely accessible, with moments of tenderness reminiscent of Taylor Swift as she sings: “Never meant to break my own promises.”
With “Promises” Weaver slowly builds and balances the vulnerability and strength embedded in the song, and that’s what makes it exciting. It’s immediately relatable, real, human and completely brilliant. More of this please.