Impossible

Songfacts®:

  • This is the lead single from Ryan Star's EP, Animals. The record was recorded by the singer-songwriter in Rhinebeck, New York with his touring band, which was a first for him. The song was recorded live in one take.
  • Star wrote this song around the same time as "Start a Fire" from his 2010 album 11:59, but he kept tweaking it and didn't record it until session for his 2013 Animals EP.
  • "Impossible" inspired the title of the EP. Star explained to Billboard magazine: "It stems from a quote I heard that humans are a hybrid between angels and animals. I feel this dichotomy every waking second and finally put it in this brutally honest song."
  • Ido Zmishlany produced the Animals EP. He thinks that he and Star work so well together because they come from a common ground. In his Songfacts interview, Zmishlany explained that both he and Star started out in bands from Long Island, so they understand each other's journeys of getting to the next phases of their careers. Zmishlany revealed how the tune was a telling of those experiences: "We had come from a similar place. I think that song was a reflection of it - a relationship that's stood the test of the trials and tribulations of doing what we do."

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