Avalanche of Stars (feat. Kate York & Mack Starks)

from Fallen Ash & Embers by Matthew Ryan / Strays Don't Sleep / PINES

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A surprise Bonus Track...

I've been trying to make clear this collection is a kind of short film inspired by this moment we're in. But not tied to it. These songs are more interested in who we'll be after this fever breaks. "Avalanche of Stars" is intended as a kind of postscript, or song for rolling credits. It's also intended as a Thank You to all of you that welcome and purchase and share this music.

You keep our ecosystem and sense of connectedness humming.

And selfishly, I've always wondered what one of my melodies would feel like in the hands of a beautiful singer like Kate. So grateful she gave so beautifully of herself here. Mack, Neilson and I are around the edges, it's kind of a gang approach to a quiet song and moment. And I suspect there's a symbolism there. Even in our quiet, we're not alone.

So genuinely, thank you.

Always,
Matthew Ryan

lyrics

Avalanche of Stars

Workers on
The evening news
Ohio’s got
The third world blues
I’ve been hoping for the best
Rolling through the acid test
I climbed the ladder
To hang the verse
Goodwill towards men
And peace on earth
Black dog pacing
In the yard
Trails of smoke
Below the stars
And in my head
A simple thought
It’s what it was
It is because
I’ve been delivered
From the truth
There’s only words
And how they’re used
I’ve been delivered
From the truth
There’s only words
And how they’re used...
Call a truce
I’ve been hoping for the best
Rolling through the acid test

credits

from Fallen Ash & Embers, released October 4, 2019
Avalanche of Stars was Performed By:

Brian Bequette - Bass and Swelling Electric Guitar
Neilson Hubbard - Acoustic Guitars, Synths, Tambo, Organ and Backing Vocal
Matthew Ryan - Vocal, Synth and Choking Electric Guitar
Mack Starks - Left Speaker Vocal
Kate York - Center Vocal

Produced by Neilson Hubbard and Matthew Ryan
Recorded by Neilson Hubbard
Mixed by Neilson Hubbard and Matthew Ryan
Mastered by Hans DeKline

Cover Design by Joe Maiocco
Photo by Frankie Fingers (AKA me)

Written by Matthew Ryan
Plastic Violin / BMI 2019

For Film & Television interests contact Steve Nice at Steve@nicemgmt.com

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Matthew Ryan / Strays Don't Sleep / PINES Nashville, Tennessee

In addition to his solo work, Ryan is a member of Strays Don't Sleep with longtime friend, Neilson Hubbard.

In 2021 Ryan decided to offer his solo work as The Pines at Night to clearly enunciate the collaborative nature of his music.

Devotedly independent, Ryan offers moody & honest work that's now rich with a long list of beautiful songs.
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