gelato is ambitious, an album that wears its admiration for geniuses like Prince and D’Angelo
on its sleeve. It gathers up the very particular experiences of a Gen Z kid from L.A. who
inherited his restless, wide-roaming musical taste from his Korean immigrant father. It’s an
album that delights in discovering new sounds and feelings, for attempting the colossal task
of pinning down those difficult-to-name emotions that hide between words. 'All the things I
needed to say are on here,' Ryan says. 'Just in case I die young.' Somehow, he doesn’t
sound morbid. It’s just the truth.