A heartfelt and personal single from Ryan Palma hits all the sweet spots and does it all in the form of a descriptive and emotionally driven acoustic pop approach that feels like a cinematic anthem at times.
"Lemon Tree" has a deeper meaning behind it and is portrayed with a passionate performance but with plenty of pop overtone and attention to detail.
The song boasts quite a vibrant and youthful energy and the feel of live drums with acoustic guitars and layers of wonderfully woven vocal tracks all gives the song this full bodied and lush soundscape.
When is it too late to keep trying? It doesn't matter what the situation. It's a question everyone asks themselves at one point or another in their lives if they're lucky enough to.
This is one of the questions Palma is asking with this song. Or at least it feels like it.
This is very personal indeed and it clearly comes from life experience and is part of why the song is so damn good really.
You can relate to it. It's wither asking the question or he's saying, it's too late. Because sometimes you know that too.
This release has a serious backbone but actually comes through with a strong hook and color.
This really showcases what great songwriting is all about. It grabs you and pulls you in. You start picturing memories of your own. You start thinking about your own life. The song becomes yours instead of his.
So, it's pretty impactful actually.
With the release of such a gracefully performed single, we wanted to talk shop with Ryan Palma to find out where this actually came from. Because, well, we had to know.
Here's what happened.
RAG: Okay so let's start with "Lemon Tree". This single has a bit of pop-punk tonality to it along with a cinematic feel! Where did this track come from? - I wrote this song for my buddy Kye Kazsett originally. Originally it was to break him out of his comfort zone. The demo had all programmed instruments and a different drum pattern. I asked him after a few months if I could just keep the song and he was okay with it! I ended up getting linked with the drummer Jake Reed and the song just kind of put itself together. RAG: I'm hearing some great styles on this release. Who are some of your biggest musical influences? - Anthony Green, Daphne Loves Derby, Gregory And The Hawk, Good Old War, Thrice, Balance And Composure, TTNG, Owen, Dads, Saves The Day, camerafone, Still Woozy, Bye Bye Birmington, Ariana Grande, Timbaland, Justin Timberlake, Box Car Racer, Jai Paul and so many more. RAG: So how did this all begin for you really? When did you fall in love with making music? - I have been in love with music since I was a young child. I grew up in a big family and everyone had different tastes. My mom loved pop music, my dad loved spanish music, and my sisters loved 70's, 80's, 90's, you name it. One was into hardcore punk, the other alt rock and hip hop, and the other was into big band / lounge music. My brother and I just absorbed all of it. RAG: What's next for you as an artist? - I have a project with Clev (Kruel Summer, ex member of The Holdup) called "Breakup Service" that has that classic Blink-182 and New Found Glory sound to it. It's going to be tons of fun and I can't wait to share what we have done. RAG: What inspires you to write a song? - Life. My son. Places I have traveled. Relationships I've had. I tend to write everything based on personal experience. RAG: What are you doing when you're NOT working on music? - I am making sure other people's music sounds great. I work full time as a mixing engineer at Redwall Studio. RAG: Who are you listening to right now? - Anthony Green - "Don't Dance" RAG: you doing live performances? - I have not performed since pre-covid. I would be happy to line up some shows with other artists and make a great night out of it. RAG: This single seems like a big undertaking. What kind of advice might you have for other up and coming artists out there? - Be true to yourself. Make the music you want to hear while you're driving down a long highway. Have a great team on your side that helps you put out the best content. RAG: Before we go, what would you like to say to fans of the music? Thanks for supporting my music and all of the other side projects through the years.