As the world continues to soldier on with the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic on its shoulders, Serena Ryder continues to inspire those dealing with mental health issues with the release of “Better Now,” the latest single from her new album, The Art of Falling Apart.
Continuing a theme in which Ryder allows her self to be vulnerable and share her story through mental illness that started with the release of the lead single, “Candy”, and continued with the emotional “Waterfall,” “Better Now” tells the story of Ryder confronting fears and trauma, and learning to move on.
“Life has kicked my ass in so many ways, but I wouldn’t change a thing,” says Ryder in a press release. “I’m at a time in my life where I can see the beauty that comes from sitting in the uncomfortable moments. I used to smoke and drink through pain, now I know there’s a better way. Being sober is the bravest thing I’ve ever done and life is so much sweeter every day. I know better now.”
Written and recorded over just 10 days with each song recorded the day it was written, The Art of Falling Apart will highlight Ryder’s creative process alongside the raw vulnerability that comes with sharing stories of mental health recovery. Throughout the years, Ryder has worked with a variety of initiatives, including Bell Let’s Talk, Unison Benevolent Fund, and in 2018 won the Margaret Trudeau Mental Health Advocacy Award.
The Art of Falling Apart is set for release on March 12th, 2021, and is available for pre-order. “Better Now” is now available for streaming across all streaming platforms.
Born and raised with thoughts and aspirations of becoming a famous bassist in Sarnia, ON; Emily Plunkett now lives in Gatineau, QC, and considers National Capital Region home sweet home. A product of the Beatles, MuchMusic and the Southwestern Ontario summer festival circuit (circa 2000), her interest and love in concert photography came almost completely by accident when her journalism program at Algonquin College required courses in photojournalism (and she quickly realized that photos taken at concerts using a DSLR are enormously better than ones she was taking on a point-and-shoot she bought for a trip to England). She is extremely proud of the fact she has seen Sloan in some form or another 25 times.