Scott von Ryper, Loreena McKennitt, Lonr., Jason Halogen, Leon Creek, David Franz, and San Fermin & Wye Oak are among these press releases for October.
Scott von Ryper –‘Over & Over’: Acoustic guitar and reverb vocals build a dramatic atmosphere while the music grows into a real orchestral and cinematic dimension. It’s almost Pink Floyd-esque at times, with a wide-screen epic grandiosity. This is a song from Scott von Ryper’s first solo debut, ‘Dream State Treasure,’ due October 15 via Tran-si-ent Records and in conjunction with SilverDoor Music. Primarily recorded and mixed in his home studio between 2018 – 2020, von Ryper utilized the break from touring and isolation in 2020 to explore sonic themes that he had experimented with early in his career when still recording on a 4-track, but just now producing them on a much grander scale, playing most of the instruments, recording, producing and mixing the majority of the record himself, with additional recording from Los Angeles engineer Norm Block, who also played drums on the record. Scott von Ryper is an Australian singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer. He is best known for being a founding member of the Australian duo The Black Ryder, and current guitarist for the iconic Scottish group The Jesus and Mary Chain. The title, ‘Dream State Treasure’, is partly an acknowledgment of the fact that elements of the album came to von Ryper whilst dreaming. ‘I recall at least two occasions where I awoke out of a dream and went directly to the studio to record or completely change songs.’
Loreena McKennitt – ‘Bonny Portmore’: An Irish atmospheric track floating in ether with McKennitt’s ethereal but bombastic vocals. ‘The Visit: The Definitive Edition’ is celebrating the 30th anniversary of The Juno Award-winning album that propelled Loreena McKennitt onto the international stage. The original album, recorded in 1991, has since sold more than two million copies across more than 40 countries and is viewed as a defining, page-turning moment in the Canadian artist’s career. ‘Thirty years seems like a long time, no matter how you measure it,’ says McKennitt. ‘Looking back as through a picture frame, one can better see what that period was in its context. I’ve heard from so many people how this recording became a kind of soundtrack for their lives around the time it was released in the early 1990s.’ The Visit: The Definitive Edition is available in two formats. There is a deluxe limited-edition, hardback book format containing four CDs and one audio Blu-ray disc, a 32-page illustrated booklet, and hours of previously unreleased content including the first-ever surround sound mixes of McKennitt’s music. Additionally, there is a 15-track highlights edition available exclusively from streaming and download services, featuring the original album and six classic songs from The Visit performed live in concert and on radio. The deluxe, limited-edition package includes acclaimed highlights of McKennitt’s concert performances, such as ‘Bonny Portmore,’ ‘The Lady of Shalott,’ ‘The Old Ways,’ ‘Greensleeves,’ and ‘Tango to Evora,’ which has been covered and performed by many other international artists. The booklet features four essays written by McKennitt, a personal reminiscence of her unconventional rise to fame by former Warner Music Canada executive Dave Tollington and period archival photos that have never before been published.
Lonr. – ‘Red Light’: High octane soaring vocals raping over a strange and futuristic synth-driven buzzing soundscape and bass-heavy beat. The song is very short and truly unclassifiable as Lonr. eliminates barriers between genres. This is the opening track of ‘Land Of Nothing Real 2,’ the new genre-bending project, that he has released this month via Epic Records. ‘Land Of Nothing Real 2’ is the latest step in Lonr.’s upward music-making trajectory, which originated in his hometown of Onset, a small town in Massachusetts near Cape Cod. Citing influences that range from Kurt Cobain to Andre 3000 to Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto, Lonr.’s unique musical sensibility caught the attention of H.E.R., who became a frequent collaborator of his, including on Lonr.’s 2020 Billboard #1 Urban AC hit ‘Make the Most,’ which Lonr. performed at the 2020 BET Awards. After earning three GRAMMY nominations working with H.E.R., Lonr. broke out in a big way in late 2019 with his song ‘AM,’ which caught fire on TikTok to the tune of over 1 million video creations and racked up over 28 million streams on Spotify alone.
Jason Halogen – ‘Ruxpin in the Attic’: An indie song with plenty of surprising detours, frenetic drums, a melancholic soundscape, background noises, and vocals reminiscent of Ben Gibbard of Death Cab For Cutie. ‘Ruxpin in the Attic’ was one of the first songs Halogen started working on as a solo artist, evident in lyrics referring to the worldwide population at 7 billion (as we now approach 8 billion). Epic, wistful and heartfelt, Ruxpin is inspired by the need to be remembered fondly after the dissolution of a relationship, even if it means going back in time and hiding a Teddy Ruxpin doll in an ex’s crawlspace, playing back the happy memories and good times as that love slowly fades into history. Halogen is an award-winning, multi-instrumental singer-songwriter, film composer, producer, and audio engineer, whose combination of anthemic pop, rock, and psychedelia has earned him comparisons to artists ranging from Matthew Sweet, Oasis, R.E.M., Death Cab For Cutie, Pink Floyd, and more.
Leon Creek – ‘Hope Never Leaves My Side’: Gravelly vocals over bright guitars and banjos, and a catchy chorus: there is something really soulful and western-like in this song that broadens the horizons of Americana/roots music and grapples with isolation and a sense of alienation, but refuses to lose sight of hope and the light at the end of the tunnel. Their new LP, ‘Far From Broken Out’ was released via Mezcal Road Records along with a video for the single. On the new music video, Leon Creek says: ‘For the video of ‘Hope Never Leaves My Side,’ we wanted to keep creating in the vintage Americana style of our first two videos but add a live performance element that could help convey the emotions of the song. We are admirers of Australian director and animator Kane Lehanneur’s video work, and he ran with our ideas and created a beautiful world of colors, grain, and animated lyrics, where in spite of struggle, optimism is the silver lining.’ Leon Creek is the new project of Chris Pierce (War & Pierce) with Erik Janson (Wilding and Left Field Messiah) and producer Matthew Stevens creating a modernized, uplifting approach to Americana, Blues, and Roots music.
David Franz – ‘My Greatest Enemy’: A vigorous and punching track that incorporates various degrees of rock, soul, and blues as well as the unapologetic sound of the California desert. The high-energy song is a blasting number and is about our inner voice and how we have the choice to control it or have it control us. The past year’s lockdown has forced us all to stare down, like gunslingers, our reflections in the mirror, and deal with our own negative self-talk. With this song, Franz challenged us all to take back the power from our inner critic, and change our internal narratives for the better. His album, ‘To The Unknown,’ is a 10-track adventure that walks the listener through a deeply cathartic healing process, a personal journey turned universal, while self-reflection and desert-tinged sonics are a running theme throughout the record. As a musician, David has performed with Underground Sun artist Iyeoka in over 20 countries throughout Europe, Africa, and North America, including on several TED talk stages. Previous to that, Franz spent years honing his chops on stage playing shows with a variety of artists including The Bleedin Bleedins and Midatlantic all over the east coast of the US and in Ireland. With the release of ‘To The Unknown’ Franz is looking forward to playing live but this time at the front of the stage behind the mic.
San Fermin & Wye Oak – ‘My First Life’: A vaporous and lush landscape of sounds, beats, warm synth swirls, and eerie vocals by Jenn Wasner, building a unique texture, like a string-backed chamber electro-pop. Their forthcoming collaborative compilation entitled ‘In This House,’ will be released via their label, Better Company, on December 10 and will feature collaborations with Nico Muhly, Sorcha Richardson, Thao Nguyen, Wye Oak, Attacca Quartet, The Districts, and Wild Pink. ‘In This House’ started with a single song of the same name written with Nico Muhly and Attacca Quartet and took on a greater meaning and larger format as the pandemic arrived. Ludwig-Leone explains, ‘when the pandemic arrived, the idea of a shared-space was drawn in even more absolute terms as something more valuable and fragile than many of us had imagined. To battle the growing feeling of isolation, I tried to embrace the sentiment of the times, and invited some of my favorite musicians to write with me, long-distance, in an effort to bring back a feeling of community and shared experience.’ Each of the songs that followed went through a unique writing process. ‘My First Life,’ written with Wye Oak, started as a poem Jenn had written, which I then set to a melody and wrapped in some of Andy’s musical textures. With the release of ‘In This House,’ Ludwig-Leone shares ‘I’m proud to see all of these discrete songs collected in one place. Each one was an experiment, a timestamp of the moment it was written in a quickly changing landscape. And though they are purposefully distinct, there’s a through-line that emerges when they’re taken together: themes of community, home, lives left behind. There is despair and anger but also a warmth that comes from accommodating other voices alongside your own. As the opening lines of ‘In This House’ ask: ‘bring what you can hold / I can make a space.’
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