Young Chicago Authors alum Ric Wilson has dropped a double-release, “Yellowbrick” and “Dan Ryan,” just before he heads out on the road for his first-ever tour.
“Yellowbrick,” starts off as a soothing R&B tune, with mellow horns and finger clips. But at the halfway mark, it shifts gears and turns into an uptempo hip hop jam. “It’s the vibes that you bringing around / The way that you smile / You holding me down / That’s the yellow brick road to my love,” he sings.
“I wanted to make a song about love, a song that reminded of the romcoms I watched when I was younger, with happy endings,” Wilson told Consequence of Sound. “No one sings about love anymore.”
“Dan Ryan,” on the other hand, explores life in Chicago. The song, which was named after an expressway that runs through the city’s south side, features piano chords layered over ambient traffic sounds.
The pair precede Wilson’s upcoming first-ever tour of the US, which kicks off in Boise, Idaho on March 23. Stream his new tracks below: