NEW Myopic CD WE WERE HERE
myopic is the ambient instrumental project of Dallas, Texas-based drummer and multi-instrumentalist, Jeff Ryan.
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Lush, sweeping, emotionally resonant music - diffuser
Settles on you like an intimate meditation. The always fascinating precision sound is one that you know is experimentation, but conveys itself with great ease; feeling as natural as breathing. Ryan paints a landscape rich in color and void of monotony. - nanobotrock
Mixes simple drone aspects–calmly repetitive piano, a softly echoing violin, and rising percussion–to create something that wouldn’t have felt out of place on the latest Sigur Ros or GY!BE records. Like the best instrumental music, “Jura” feels familiar but also otherworldly. Listening to the softly drawn bow of the violin as it plays against the gently struck piano keys, you can almost remember some wisp of a memory associated with these sounds. There is a beauty and a casual ecstaticism at work here that captures that unbridled feeling of joy .
Toner continues his methodical and thorough breakdown of the inter-connectivity between ambient music and the darker shades of indie rock.That careful use of insistent beats and nostalgia-tinged electronics winds its way deep inside your head and refuses to budge.percussion is at the forefront and the electronic flourishes all serve the needs of that chugging beat before fading away again into some ephemeral haze.– beats per minute
We Were Here is the electronic EP with not too many electronics, a rock release without overwhelming rock, and a jazz recording that swings but in its own way.
“It’s literally about doing something before it’s too late,” Ryan explains of the record’s title track. “I wrote and recorded the song ‘we were here’ in one day, which perfectly encapsulates the meaning of the record, as in ‘You’re here now, so do something that means something to you.’ I literally grabbed every instrument that I had close to me, hence the name myopic.”
Ryan, a self-taught musician, started playing drums at an early age, continued in bands throughout high school and college, and started to get critical recognition when his group Pleasant Grove began touring in the US and Europe.
It was around this time that Ryan’s friends, the Grammy–nominated engineer John Congleton and Grammy–winning engineer Stuart Sikes, hired Ryan to play and record with St. Vincent, Sarah Jaffe, The War On Drugs, The New Year, Crushed Stars and The Baptist Generals, among many others.
MYOPIC - Plays in Pieces CD
the project originally began due to ryan being asked to write a piece of music for a theatrical production
Ryan's solo, instrumental project, Myopic, born of ideas surrounding a commissioned theatrical score, slays those same beasts...but with more instruments. The seven-song release, Plays in Pieces, feels familiar, warm and plays like a soundtrack to a movie you know you've seen but just can't place, and that's such a good thing. "As Much As You Can III" is Ira Glass' dream transition music with its tinkling bells that morph into something intense and dreamy, sensitive and bombastic at the same time. "Things I Saw" showcases Ryan's restraint, beautifully simple piano contrasts with Rebecca Howard's dramatic violin resulting in a track that feels like it should play over the close of a tear-stained film, perhaps the same film that opened on better times with the driving, poppy "Fixture."
Because it's layered, dramatic and emotive, it might be tempting to just lump the impressive project in with no-vox bands like Explosions in the Sky, but, as Myopic's name implies, that would just be shortsighted.- dallas observer