It’s nearly that time of year when you can start thinking about spending your evenings chilling in the park with a few tinnies, basking in the thin sunlight and the smug glow of satisfaction that comes with lounging about on the grass. For a brief few weeks we feel an affinity with our Mediterranean cousins, and there’s something inescapably exotic about it.
For RY VIEIRA, every day is a chance to wallow in exotica. This woozy whizzkid brings a sunny disposition to all that he does, and his particular brand of lounge surf is the bolt of sunshine we all need right now. The video for his new single Baby When You Go, filmed by Alec Wallace, is an ode to the carefree feeling of sitting off in the park with your mates, while the track itself (to feature on an upcoming album titled On The Sofa) skitters around the complicated, unspoken gaps in relationships.
We spoke to Ry about the video, which you can read below. But first, enjoy this ace new video.
It seems like a stupid question, but… what’s the song about?
I don’t know really. I guess it’s about that blurry moment in between relationships when you don’t really know what’s going on but there’s definitely something going on.
Like the video: do you often lounge about in the park chilling with your buds and playing tunes?
I live in Manchester right now so most of the time, no. But as soon as that Northern sun shines and the Pennine clouds disperse we’re there with a boombox and a four-pack of Tyskie for sure.
Can you pinpoint a live gig or a piece of music that inspired this sound you’re going for?
Not really. The Ry Vieira stuff is like the early Beach Skulls music – mostly just messing about with what I could scrounge together in my bedroom and this is the sound that came out, it wasn’t really planned. The main influences at the time though were people like Ariel Pink, Heavy Hawaii, Vondelpark, Mac DeMarco. The chords came from trying to impersonate T-Bone Walker. I didn’t do well. Also didn’t do well at pinpointing.
When is the On The Sofa album out?
Absolutely no idea, whenever I think the world needs it. Maybe next week, maybe never.
If you had to describe the album’s style in a sentence what would you say?
Chillin’ on ya bed with a big bag of cans.
Can you recommend an artist, band or album that Bido Lito! readers might not have heard?
Right now I’m proper loving Dennis Wilson. His life story is so interesting as well. Obviously you can hear the Beach Boys in his music but it’s got less bubblegum and more grit.