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On ‘Running’, alt-crooner Ryan Downey took some cues from Queen in terms of recognising that deeply human, emotional music still needs “a backbone of entertainment” to stay upright. Having previously released a mini-album of acapella covers, Downey takes a different approach on ‘Running’. The centrepiece is still Downey’s seductive baritone but this time it’s couched in lush instrumentation and diaphanous synths. His alt-folk core has been augmented with pop and rock, the trusty nylon strings from his Venice Music days backed up by dirtier jabs of electric guitar and skittering 808s. This is an album about love, full of humanity and humour.