It's simplest to say that Ryan Lauder sounds a bit like Damien Rice. But it isn't completely accurate. Even in a love ballad, Rice's every word sounds powerfully mournful, like you should only be listening by candlelight as you process the death of someone close to you. Lauder, captures the same stark beauty of Rice's songwriting, but instead of crushing, it feels sincere, hopeful, even moving. And that makes all the difference.