Rykka 2013

In photography by webmeister Bud

Canadian/Swiss (Surrey/Zürich) singer/songwriter Rykka.

20130528 - Rykka 2013Canon EOS 550D (T2i) · Tamron 60mm f/2.0 macro
60 mm · 1/320 s · f/2.8 · ISO 800
Strobist: two Canon 430EX IIs, 1/8 power, opposite sides of the room, ceiling bounced, remote triggered

Rykka is the new evolution of Christina Maria, trading her previously established folky sound for a crunchier, more driving rock sound.

I happened upon the video for her lead single, Blackie . . . well, you know. It’s the internet. I happened upon it somehow.

I had it on YouTube repeat for weeks, maybe months, when The Zone started spinning it.

Then, one day, in to The Zone she strides! She’s exudes a very happy, disarming vibe, tho’ I’d suspect, as can be the case with those who pour their hearts into songwriting, that might just be a protective shell.

Still, I got two Rykka hugs that day, and I was just the guy with the camera; I didn’t have anything to do with her music getting on the radio.

Rather than Blackie, she performed another song — The Brink — from her upcoming album Kodiak, where each of her songs is sung from the perspective of a different animal. Here’s the video I shot of The Brink.

After such extended exposure to one song (before the live performance), I’m anxious to hear her full album, which I hope to pick up at her Victoria show at Solstice Café next Saturday.

Oh, and if you’re wondering what the blurry blob is to Rykka’s left in the photo above, it’s the camera I was using for video.