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I Recall Standing As Though Nothing Could Fall
"And my thought now is, could the world ever be as kind as I thought it was then?" - Here Comes The Snow
"There's nothing precious about the songs here, but rather Matthew Ryan's incisive view of how and why we do what we do. Whether it's the provocatively imploring anthem "Hey Kid," or the grinding, barely suppressed rage of "All Hail The Kings Of Trash," or the late-night Tom Waits meets Sinatra longing of "Song For A Friend," this is a record that covers a lot of ground as it keeps its focus on the individual. Images of dresses on the floor, planes floating through snow, drunken proclamations and silenced lovers all glide by while not only blurring the lines between heroes and villains, but also blurring the borders between genres. "I Want Peace" thumps and prowls with the urban rumble of hip-hop, "Harmonium Song" sounds a hundred years old with its sorrowful Irish melody and "All of That Means Nothing Now" careens with that broken-hearted seethe that harks back to the air that punctuated much of Ryan's earlier work on May Day. No stone is left unturned on I Recall Standing As Though Nothing Could Fall, and together it all forms a perfect mosaic of Ryan's view of the modern struggle where despair and optimism coexist and perseverance alone resembles victory." C.S. June 2011
released 22 June 2011
Matthew Ryan started recording I Recall Standing As Though Nothing Could Fall in his Nashville home studio in June of 2010. He wouldn't finish until April of 2011. Barring a european tour, a film score and a brief vacation it was a day and night affair. That kind of commitment and isolation could drive anyone mad, but luckily it wasn't a solitary process, I Recall Standing As Though Nothing Could Fall is possibly Ryan's most collaborative album to date. For the first time since 2008 Ryan invited a producer into the process by having Greg Richling produce "Hey Kid," and the long list of friends that contributed range from Olly Knights of Turin Brakes, Katie Herzig, Patrick O'Hearn, Stanton Adcock, Amanda Shires, and Marc Byrd and Andrew Thompson of the ambient duo Hammock. Long time collaborators and friends Brian Bequette, Kate York, Billy Mercer, Molly Thomas, Chris Tench and Strays Don't Sleep cohort Neilson Hubbard also chimed in with their talents.
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