Henry Ryeder unveils new EP Boy Image and his Top 5 Influences

'I was filling up my gas tank the first time I heard “Rainforest,” by Noname and I remember having to take a moment to fully appreciate the line “the universe bleeds infinity.”'
1 July 2022

By Vanessa B

If New Order were a modern day indie band from Brooklyn, they’d probably sound a lot like Boy Image, released today by sound designer and musician who goes by stagename Henry Ryeder. The artist describes it himself as “meticulous and vulnerable bedroom pop, the bedroom being about as huge as one could hope to find in New York.

Boy Image comprises 6 tracks featuring 80s-esque synth, jangly guitars, fuzzy drumbeats and a vocal range undulating from a falsetto register to full bodied mid tones. Packed with smoothly produced indie-rock expression and energy from start to finish, it’s music to dance and cry to.

The EP opens with Childhood Shuffle, nostalgia-heavy, decidedly fun track that sets the tone for the EP. Other standout tracks include Love Ain’t No Open Door – with its bittersweet and memorable chorus, Remember Love? with its ruminations on romance and the cinematic Boy Image, featuring echoing vocals that wryly declare “boys don’t feel anything”, gradually picking up in its intensity and speed before fading off again at its end.

Henry has also put together a collection of his top musical influences and what inspires him most about them. Make sure to check out Boy Image and read more from Henry below.

Henry Ryeder on his top 5 influences

1. Hop Along – “Look of Love”

I was introduced to Philadelphia band Hop Along in 2019 and instantly fell in love with their music. Frances Quinlan’s psychedelic lyrics, along with their remarkably dynamic voice and ear-bending melodies, play off of (bassist and guitarist) Joe Reinhart’s phenomenal arrangement and musicianship so well. The Look of Love puts it all on display.

2. Animal Collective – “My Girls”

My Girls is one of those songs that brings the listener into a fully-realized sonic space. The song’s candy-colored arps (a nod to Frankie Knuckles’s pioneering house track “Your Love”) and slowly building rhythm give its intimate “ode-to-working-families” lyrics such a cosmic power.

3. Noname – “Rainforest”

Noname is one of America’s most important living artists – a bonafide wordsmith who unapologetically addresses the issues of our time with a mature, confident voice. I was on a cross-country road trip filling up my gas tank the first time I heard “Rainforest,” and I remember having to take a moment to fully appreciate the line “the universe bleeds infinity.”

4. Daft Punk – “Digital Love”

How could I mention my influences without throwing in a Daft Punk song? Another song that feels like a place to the listener. For the majority of the track we hear a massive vocal sample pad playing the resolving chord (a trick I used on 2022 and Childhood Shuffle) and every time I listen, I feel like a robot daydreaming about their crush.

5. Bernache – “Your Name”

Bernache is the solo project of Men I Trust lead singer Emma Proulx, and her first single “Your Name” has one of the most iconic modular arpeggiators I’ve ever heard in a pop song. Combine that with Proulx’s airy vocals and detached lyrics that weave the physical and metaphysical – and you get a track that makes you a bit mad that there’s not more Bernache.