Kevin Abstract feat. Ryan Beatty: SIERRA NIGHTS

Working with longtime collaborator Ryan Beatty, Kevin Abstract returns with “SIERRA NIGHTS”—a timely release about the end of summer. The song switches up at the three-minute mark, with Abstract rapping and the energy increasing. Accompanying the mellow tune, a retro-tinged video (also directed by Abstract) follows the two artists dancing at gas stations, driving along the Pacific Coast Highway, and stargazing.

Interview: Songwriter + Vocalist Ryan Beatty

Developments and inspirations from the dynamic recording artist

Ryan Beatty opens his latest album with an ending. The singer’s 12-track Dreaming of David (released earlier this year) greets listeners with “In the End,” a binaural narrative on rising waves of warm electronics with lyrics of intimacy and isolation. Beatty’s voice transforms until the last syllable—soaring, supporting, moving—but when the track comes to its end, seamless production steps the sonic profile into the next song. It’s …