The Room is a result of Reed’s remote collaborations during lockdown, mostly created during the NICE LIVE! sessions, where many of the songs were started and/or worked on by Reed and his collaborators in real time. The songs are inspired by Reed’s and his collaborators’ feelings, attitudes, and experiences in the first half of 2020. The album features collaborations from Leon Bridges, Jim James, Dirty Projectors, Alessia Cara, Ayoni, Kiana Ledé, Lido Pimienta, duendita, and John-Robert among others.
“The Room is a running record of me trying to stay connected with my community, cope with the terror of pandemic, and supply love and energy for the revolution while spending a lot of time looking inward. For me the music is a warmly lit healing place for us all to gather, zoom out, and work through the strangest time of our lives, together.” — Ricky Reed