Sometimes those steps sideways are the most impactful. Former Yellowcard vocalist William Ryan Key has today announced his new solo EP Everything Except Desire, due for release 11th February 2022 via Equal Vision/Rude. Propelling him further into uncharted musical territory with a more experimental sound, this EP marks a new beginning for the multi-instrumentalist.

In celebration of the news, William Ryan Key has released his new single, ‘Face In A Frame’. Stream here:

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“Ever since I started making my own music, I think I’ve been searching for what became Everything Except Desire,” says Key about the new EP. Textured with multi-layered soundscapes that incorporate pastoral washes of piano, strings and synths, the music from Everything Except Desire evokes emotions through complex song structures that shows Key‘s passion for experimentation.

A sonic exploration of emotions and the journey to find inner peace, the five track EP delves into difficult topics and struggles for Key. The first single ‘Face In A Frame’ dives deep into the emotions of loss and confusion amidst an ethereal wash of percolating keys. “‘Face in a Frame’ started with one simple piano loop and ended up opening the door to one of the most creatively inspiring sessions of my career,” he explains. “I tried to stay lyrically honest, while building a track that takes the listener on a journey of self-discovery.” 

Having forged his music career in seminal alt-rock band Yellowcard with eight albums, Key began his solo career, releasing two critically-hailed EPs Thirteen and Virtue in 2018. Substream Magazine chimed, William has created something special with Thirteen. Nothing here remotely reminds the senses of Yellowcard, instead we are treated to something fresh and sincere,” while indie tome Altwire praised Virtue, saying it “establishes Key‘s foothold as an exceptionally honest songwriter with a far greater sense of self-confidence, completely without hesitancy to put out into the world what most would prefer remain hidden away.”

Everything Except Desire was conceived and produced by Key on a month-to-month basis through Patreon at the start of Summer 2020. After receiving heavy praise from his fans, Key enlisted the help from friends Ryan MendezErich Talaba and Mike Kalajian for mixing and mastering and set the release plan in motion. With a new label and forging down a new path, Key is ready for what lies ahead in 2022.  “I took a risk and created something completely unlike anything I’ve released in the past,” he beams. “This record felt like a big step for me both as a writer and a producer.”  


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