Welsh-native producer and vocalist Ryan A. James is Man Without Country: a project that sees a perfect marriage between James’s soft expressive vocals and layers of electronic synths that bubble and move like a geyser about to explode. Indeed, ‘UltraNightmare’ has that motion: a burbling electronic opening that starts to coalesce into a driving, haunting beat as the vocals slowly glide in.
We are honoured to premiere the video for this enticing slice of electronica: a oscilloscope-like screen with the monochrome unfocussed face of James filtered behind the grains and cracks like an apparition or ghost speaking from afar: lending an air of mystery that befits the track that seems to fizzle like a computer game. Of the video, James says it was:
...made in lockdown using obsolete video processing hardware, and by sticking a camera in front of my face.
The synth riffs that circulate and arpeggiate adds to the gentle pace and dreamy tones of this track, roaming over an electronic thrum of bass and percussion that creates a dark, haunting tone that bleeds into the video:
‘Ultra-Nightmare’ is off Man Without Country’s forthcoming EP, ‘Bloods, Side A’, due out on 16 July 2021. You can pre-order through the link below: