Rickenbach’s newest song, “Adelaide,” breaks from his usual form in its specificity, telling the story of one of his dearest friends who quit his job, cashed in his retirement, and embarked on a cross-country journey that ended tragically in a car accident.
“His passing was a seminal moment in my life,” recalls Rickenbach. “He was an extremely intelligent and deeply loyal friend. The word ‘Adelaide’ is a beautiful sounding word to me, one I think aptly represents a paradisiacal hereafter.”
The video for “Adelaide,” which was produced by Phil Sokoloff and Rob Dezendorf, is dreamily impressionistic while remaining grounded in nature by scenic shots and steady movement through the landscapes his friend travelled through in his final days.
“I didn’t want the video to be sentimental or macabre.”, Rickenbach recalls. “I wanted it to have vibrancy. To be full of life. Whenever you’re surrounded by an abundance of life you’re also surrounded by the mystery of it, so through this I hoped to emphasize the gravity of existence. Phil and Rob shot a ton of beautiful footage with a concept in mind, but the hard part was putting it all together and making the narrative coherent. We passed drafts back and forth, but it wasn’t until the three of us sat down for a marathon editing session and put our heads together that we were finally able to look at each other and say ‘this is it’.”
Vocals and Guitar – Ryan Rickenbach
Produced, Mixed and Mastered by Cass Dillon (Morgan Saint, LP)
“New York-based singer-songwriter Ryan Rickenbach fell into my playlist through many suggestions and his voice is so melodic and he is seriously my new obsession. His single “Adelaide” is beautiful and the music video is equally as incredible.” – The New Nine
“The lyrics are rich and Ryan’s vocal performance is rather moving. From start to finish it’s a chilling experience, boasting Ryan’s incredible songwriting abilities.” – Gems and Secrets
“The melody is well-crafted and Rickenbach’s falsetto singing is emotive and balanced. The ‘little king of cosmic folk’ has created a stirring sound with ‘Adelaide’…” – Staccatofy
“Watching this and listening brought tears to my eyes yet a sense of acknowledging the mystery of our existence. With a gentle start and the beautiful vocals of Ryan that drew me in to really connect to this song.” – Music Injection
“Breathtaking” – Skope Mag
“‘A beautiful hymn and dedication to a friend, […] ambitions to which we all […] aspire to acquire.” – Come Here Floyd
“This song is lush. I haven’t thought that about a song written in the past 30 years I don’t think. But honestly, Rickenbach brings a composer’s brilliance to this folky pop sound. It feels like something I should be spinning on vinyl between discs from Fleetwood Mac and the Eagles. It’s really a delightful sound with love-filled lyrics that are sure to put a smile on your face.” – Ear To Ground Music
“Wistfully beautiful” – Live for Live Music
“The space melodies in the background of the song makes it so special. I love it. And the video is so interesting, fitting perfectly for this cosmic song.” – Start Track