Matthew Ryan is offering a glimpse of his new Hustle Up Starlings LP with the premiere of the video for the album’s first single, “(I Just Died) Like an Aviator.”
Due May 12 and available to pre-order now, Hustle Up Starlings found Ryan collaborating with Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon, who handled production and contributed guitar. The 10-track set marks Ryan’s first full-length release since 2014’s Boxers — and arrives roughly 20 years after his debut album, 1997’s May Day, adding the latest impassioned chapter to a discography filled with tunefully ragged howls against the void.
“It’s an intimate story I’m telling here. These songs are personal, but if I’m lucky and I’ve done my job, they become universal,” Ryan says of Starlings. “The story I’m living and writing about is happening in the context of this world we’re all observing and feeling right now, a world that feels like it might catch fire with all its uncertainty and friction, the ugly politics and rising impulses. … Even when the world feels like it’s about to burn down, we keep leaning for tomorrow in our own lives and stories and families. It’s all hope and perseverance. We get up and we go to work. We believe in tomorrow, even when we’re not sure what tomorrow will be.”