13 Songs, 56 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Described by Matthew Ryan as “an album in defense of our humanity amid the modern conflict,” I Recall Standing is a tense collection of tunes that prove this Pennsylvania-born, East Coast troubadour is paying close attention to the world at hand. It’s practically a natural reflex after the intense introspection of his fantastic Dear Lover album. “The Sea” begins things with a muted rasp that evokes the bad news expected from a Twilight Singers album. The acoustic “I Don’t Want a Third World War” is a grim lament that looks a child in the eye and tells her, “You shouldn’t expect too much.” “Hey Kid” rallies the youth to make their voices heard. “Harmonium Song” comes as advertised, a bleak, droning plea. “I Still Believe In You,” featuring Olly Knights of Turin Brakes, is another piece of brilliant minimalism. “My Darker Side” sits at the piano like Neil Young during one of his long, dark nights of the soul. Even the full-out rock of “All Hail the Kings of Trash” has an apocalyptic gravity pulling it to the earth. This is a career highlight.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Described by Matthew Ryan as “an album in defense of our humanity amid the modern conflict,” I Recall Standing is a tense collection of tunes that prove this Pennsylvania-born, East Coast troubadour is paying close attention to the world at hand. It’s practically a natural reflex after the intense introspection of his fantastic Dear Lover album. “The Sea” begins things with a muted rasp that evokes the bad news expected from a Twilight Singers album. The acoustic “I Don’t Want a Third World War” is a grim lament that looks a child in the eye and tells her, “You shouldn’t expect too much.” “Hey Kid” rallies the youth to make their voices heard. “Harmonium Song” comes as advertised, a bleak, droning plea. “I Still Believe In You,” featuring Olly Knights of Turin Brakes, is another piece of brilliant minimalism. “My Darker Side” sits at the piano like Neil Young during one of his long, dark nights of the soul. Even the full-out rock of “All Hail the Kings of Trash” has an apocalyptic gravity pulling it to the earth. This is a career highlight.

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About Matthew Ryan

An alt-country singer/songwriter in the vein of Josh Rouse and Ryan Adams, Matthew Ryan funnels his rasped vocals and passionate lyrics into a steady stream of somber, melancholic albums. Born in Chester, PA, the young Ryan took inspiration from such artists as U2, the Replacements, and Leonard Cohen. He moved to Delaware and logged several years in a series of bands before signing with A&M Records as a solo artist in 1996. May Day was released a year later, drawing comparisons to Tom Waits and sparking a prolific career that often saw Ryan releasing one album every 12 months. His A&M contract slowly dissolved after the label merged with Interscope Records, and Ryan hopped between labels (including a stint with the U.K.-based One Little Indian Records) before aligning himself with 00:02:59. Matthew Ryan vs. the Silver State, his 11th release in 11 years, arrived in 2008. ~ Andrew Leahey & MacKenzie Wilson

HOMETOWN
Chester, PA
BORN
November 7, 1971

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