Desire Is A Noisy Souvenir

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This is the last piece I finished for this collection. It was finished about 2 weeks ago. The sound and idea came the night of that night day last January when we all heard that David Bowie had died. All I could do was lean for a sound. While this isn't a tribute to him, it is informed by such a strange and profound sense of loss. Hearing Lazarus before his death sent a numb shiver through me. We all have our stories. Art means so much. Bowie meant so much to so many of us. And Bowie's final offering of privacy and dignity was lightning, an important reminder of what really matters.

Desire Is A Noisy Souvenir wouldn't let me finish it until the weather suited it again. It took 10 months. More or less. Panning, notes, silence. It's all so important.

Desire is a kind of haunting. There's the things we lose, and there are the things we've never known. Curiosity is important. So is adventure. And so it character. As you get further along you start to realize that every decision leads to a room. If we're lucky and we're persistent, we get to experience many rooms, or at least one room that brings more warmth than despair. There's also rooms we have to evacuate. There's a grinding melancholy in all of this, but I believe in each of these rooms there's a version of freedom to be discovered. Freedom isn't what we think it is. Or maybe it isn't what I thought it was? But desire is one of those mysterious things that pushes us forward.

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from Current EVENTS, released October 28, 2016
Performed and created by Matthew Ryan

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Matthew Ryan Nashville, Tennessee

Matthew Ryan is experiencing a kind of noisy renaissance. It began with Boxers then Hustle Up Starlings in 2017.

His 1997 debut album, May Day, has been celebrated by Paste Magazine as one of the best albums released in the 1990s.

Persevering & devotedly independent Ryan continues to grow a sprawling career that's now rich with a long list of beautiful albums and songs.

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