When it comes to underrated artists and artists who should most certainly be rising faster than they are, there is no name that comes to mind quicker than Ryan Kinder. A guitar slayer with a flair for stunning storytelling, and a vocal range that stretches longer than the state of California, the Alabama native has been patiently waiting for his time to shine and that time is now. 2021 is the year Ryan Kinder finally gets to release new music, and as someone who is genuinely a fan of the singer-songwriter’s, let me just say this has been a long time coming. On Tuesday, January 26th the singer-songwriter announced another track from one of two forthcoming albums he will be releasing later this year that his fans and peers are anxiously awaiting. The second single from his collaborations project entitled Ontology, “Tired of Flying” is a breathtaking and carefully crafted work of art featuring the talented Brandy Clark and Jerry Douglas that will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression on its listeners upon its release on Friday, January 29th.
Written and produced with Justin Morgan and Luke Sheets, “Tired of Flying” taps into the soul crushing exhaustion that stems from a lack of self-care and endless efforts to push through the wreckage we are often surrounded by. We simply do not know how to slow down and allow ourselves the time that is necessary to heal, and Kinder and his pals tackle those raw emotions with a delicate sense of compassion. Their vivid imagery in lines like “As I look out the window/I wonder where the sparrow goes to find shelter from the storm” and “does that blue gray sky get tired of crying/does that lonely bird get tired of flying,” wraps around us, comforting us during our weakest and most vulnerable moments like a blanket on a cold winter night.
Stringing those soothing lyrics together, though, is the magic in Kinder and Clark’s vocal pairing that lulls us to a state of calm where serenity waits for us again. Tricking us into assuming the two have sung together before, their complementing vocals draw comparisons to some of music’s most cherished duets, assuring us that, if given the chance, “Tired of Flying” also has the potential to soar to the same heights as its predecessors. Like red wine and chocolate, Ryan Kinder and Brandy Clark prove to be a perfect pairing, making the “Still Believe in Crazy Love” singer’s newest single the sweetest remedy to cure those dreadful dark days we all face.