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East Coast singer-songwriter Matthew Ryan’s twelfth album, 2009’s Dear Lover, is his first to be recorded primarily at home. Nine of the album’s ten tracks were recorded at his home studio in Nashville. Once again, a songwriter often equated with great intimacy (his 2006 release, From a Late Night High Rise, confronted the loss of a friend to cancer and his brother to prison) finds himself locked in a room with his thoughts. Again, love slips away and Ryan says the things that need to be said. All this personal drama, however, leads to album of expansive sonic washes. The title track surfs a wall of electronics. The one track not recorded at home, “Some Streets Lead Nowhere,” uses dripping piano notes, plaintive acoustic guitars and subtle strings to serve up its message of bare survival. “The Wilderness,” with more electronic textures, rolls on with an unquenchable yearn. DJ Preach creates an extra layer of ambience for “Spark,” while the album winds down with the gripping, somber quiet of “The World Is…” and “The End of a Ghost Story.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

East Coast singer-songwriter Matthew Ryan’s twelfth album, 2009’s Dear Lover, is his first to be recorded primarily at home. Nine of the album’s ten tracks were recorded at his home studio in Nashville. Once again, a songwriter often equated with great intimacy (his 2006 release, From a Late Night High Rise, confronted the loss of a friend to cancer and his brother to prison) finds himself locked in a room with his thoughts. Again, love slips away and Ryan says the things that need to be said. All this personal drama, however, leads to album of expansive sonic washes. The title track surfs a wall of electronics. The one track not recorded at home, “Some Streets Lead Nowhere,” uses dripping piano notes, plaintive acoustic guitars and subtle strings to serve up its message of bare survival. “The Wilderness,” with more electronic textures, rolls on with an unquenchable yearn. DJ Preach creates an extra layer of ambience for “Spark,” while the album winds down with the gripping, somber quiet of “The World Is…” and “The End of a Ghost Story.”

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5:15
3:26
4:25
3:57
3:26
4:59
5:01
5:34
4:25
5:39

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

  • ORIGIN
    Chester, PA
  • BORN
    Nov 7, 1971

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