Boku, the brainchild of Irish electronic producer Ian Ring, has revealed his very first offering of the new year, with a gorgeous downtempo creation, ‘Fortune’. The single marks the first of a set of three releases to come this January, forming a cohesive EP, slated to hit streaming services on January 27th.
Having initially cut his teeth in the dance realm with his first pop band, Young Wonder, the Cork native has gathered his electronic sounds and turned inwards. Sharing bittersweet introspection with the world via downtempo music, Boku projects a certain warmth through his synth manipulation and vocal chop laden productions. ‘Fortune’ is a masterclass in subtle builds matched with yearning percussive elements, creating an atmosphere all its own. Pulling influences from his own work with internationally renowned artists, Talos and Daithí, Boku manages to package a glimmer of hope in song amid the backdrop of a desolate world.
‘Fortune was born from playing with a chord progression on my Rhodes and manipulating field recordings. Those field recordings became a big part of the sound. I tried not to over-analysis anything when writing this record, and to just get lost in the creative flow and make decisions fast to capture the emotion I was feeling – and I think that sense of freedom and release really comes across in the music.’ – Boku
Ian Ring has worked rather extensively with a variety of commercially successful artists, from his own Young Wonder project to indie artists, Talos and Daithí, with his productions receiving multiple Choice Music Prize nominations for the Irish Album of the Year. He’s graced imprints ranging from Sony and Ultra Music to Universal, Warner, and more, seeing support from BBC Radio 1 and assorted media outlets. Ring debuted the Boku project in 2019, after the ending of a long-term relationship, deriving the moniker from a word meaning ‘I’: ‘when you spend years with someone you can end up losing your own identity if you are not careful, you can get wrapped up in someone else’s narrative rather than your own and if that ends it feels like a death.’