Good Afternoon Everyone,
One of the more beautiful parts of being a creative is this moment when our work starts to leave ourselves and enter the lives of others. Believe me when I say, I work hard to make what I've created with my friends worth you're welcoming. I believe we did something particularly special with Hustle Up Starlings. From the music, to the mixing and mastering, and finally to the tactile proof that it happened, a physical manifestation wrapped in plastic. But it comes to mean so much more to me. Hopefully to you as well.
I absolutely love the design and feel of this album art. For the first time in quite some time the lyrics are all included inside a beautiful and cinematic 8-Panel booklet. My friend and great designer, Joe Maiocco, did an amazing job bringing this to life. The paper is heavy and give that sense of smooth texture. The whole thing just looks and feels beautiful. And of course the sound is the exact fullness we intended. I could go on forever, but I won't. It just feels immersive. Like a great cover for a book. Or the opening scenes of a movie that you just know you're gonna love.
The songs and track-list are exactly the same on both. Hustle Up Starlings will initially be available via Digital Albums and CD. We are discussing vinyl, I'll keep you posted on what we decide. Again, choose which you desire below and please read all the details on both pages so you know what to expect upon Pre-Ordering! I always want you to have an easy and dependable experience when purchasing from me.
Thank you so much for your continued interest and participation. It means the world to me and my whole gang. I'll be keeping in touch a bit more. There's a lot of beauty ahead and I'm gonna try and share it with you without over saturating you. Hope all is well for you and yours.
Hope to see ya soon!
The digital album of Hustle Up Starlings is now exclusively available for Pre-Order at Bandcamp. Upon PRE-ORDERING you'll get the title track instantly. You can listen to the title track and read along with the lyrics right there via the link below if ya like! Please read the description on the linked page if you have any questions regarding digital albums!
We love Bandcamp because it offers many options in the quality of sound you can download. We suggest the highest MP3 size they offer if you like listening on a mobile device, they sound real good and they won't take up too much room on your phone. Plus Bandcamp is an independent company with the best interests and experience of listeners and artists alike as its central motivation. In other words, it's driven by the love of music, from and for all sides.
So here's a couple answers to a couple other questions you might have right now:
The CD Pre-Order will start on this Wednesday, April 19th.
iTunes Pre-Order will start on April 24th.
Thank you guys!. Hope all of you are doing and feeling well out there. Apologies if you haven't heard from me in the real world, it's crazy busy around here right now. All good and beautiful stuff.
More to come!
BBC Scotland's Roddy Hart WORLD PREMIERED the title track from my forthcoming album, Hustle Up Starlings.
GO HERE or CLICK THE COVER ART ABOVE to check it our (it's episode 4/4/17):
Roddy's response regarding the song was beautiful:
"Holy cow that's a bit special isn't it? Absolutely majestic stuff... An absolute corker of a song"
- Roddy Hart BBC Scotland
Don't forget Hustle Up Starlings comes out on May 12th. It will be available Digitally and on CD. More details soon!
Matthew Ryan joins Glen Hansard, Joseph Arthur and more for a Record Store Day Tribute to Leonard Cohen
Thrilled to share this preview of my cover of Leonard Cohen's "Steer Your Way" for a Record Store Day tribute. It's a vinyl only release by the fine folks at RSD and the amazing Rand Foster. Scroll below to listen to a preview of my version of "Steer Your Way."
As many of you know, Leonard Cohen has been an enormous influence on my life and work. This is a vinyl only release and it comes out on Record Store Day, April 22nd 2017. Read all about who participated and where you can find this exclusive and beautiful vinyl right here:
Please ask your favorite local record shop to carry it for Record Store Day 2017. Then grab a copy when it's released on April 22nd. I promise you you'll hear Cohen covered with all the affection and commitment his work deserves by people like myself, Joseph Arthur, Glen Hansard, Matt Costa, and Cherry Glazerr with Mike Watt. And so many more talented people. That's just an overview. Rand Foster, who helmed this project, followed it all the way through with every detail. It feels like a perfect and steady homage to such a seminal artist.
Preview my version of "Steer Your Way" right here:
NEW ALBUM ANNOUNCEMENT & COVER ART REVEALED: Matthew Ryan - Hustle Up Starlings to be released May 12th, 2017
Let me just say what appears to arrive fully formed took hours, days, even years of beautiful and blinding searchlight work by so many. Alone and then collaborative, it's always a labor of love. I always feel lucky in these moments when finally I get to share "it." This is just the beginning... Again. I'm very excited. I love the work we've done. It's soon to surface. We invested all the heart, smarts and honest cinema we were capable of. I feel strongly these songs will become great companions. But in the meantime...
Below is the cover art for my new album, Hustle Up Starlings. It will be released on May 12th, 2017.
Starlings was Produced by Brian Fallon. It includes performances by Brian Bequette, Brian Fallon, David Henry, Doug Lancio, Brad Pemberton and yours truly. It was mixed and recorded by Doug Lancio. And Hans DeKline once again mastered it into that shimmering film to be wildly welcoming.
The cover photo is by Jack Spencer.
The cover art and packaging and more was designed by Joe Maiocco.
Please help us to spread this news.
Alright. More details soon.
Thank you, Guys. Always. Can't wait to share this music with you.
On Sunday Night you may have heard "If You're Not Happy" on The Royals. They recently featured "We Are Libertines" as well!
Both appear on my latest album BOXERS. Here they are for purchase:
Here it is on Spotify:
Working on something very special right now. Something so dear to me. Can't wait to announce it and a bunch of other news. Details soon. In the meantime, doing all I can to keep up my end of the bargain with a lot of help from some friends. Sounding beautiful. Stay tuned.
Happy to announce NEW MUSIC for autumn! This was a labor of love. Please read this whole post to get a sense of what my intentions were and why I'm offering this.
My 8 Song Ambient Instrumental (DIGITAL ONLY) EP, Current EVENTS, is now available for purchase and download HERE:
Follow Bandcamp's instructions upon purchasing, their download system is quite simple, just follow their instructions. Bandcamp also offers unlimited streaming via their Bandcamp App upon purchasing. If you pre-ordered and haven't received your Download Link, PLEASE CHECK YOUR SPAM FOLDERS!
This is a digital only release, there will be no hard copies printed at this time!
HERE'S A SHORT EXPLANATION OF WHY I'M OFFERING THIS:
Autumn is my favorite time of year, so vivid and constantly changing in air and look. I love the stark winters that follow up here where I'm living in Western Pennsylvania. Hills and rivers and trains, steel bridges and old architecture. And even still, the constant incoming of technology and information and the election. The troubles around the world and the country, the stresses and dissonance, and the seeming suddenness we've come to know so well. I wanted to make a companion to all that cinema. But I wanted it to operate without hype or force. Current EVENTS is offered to be experienced at a quieter to mid-level volume, it welcomes the ambient noise of wherever you live or what you're doing without invading your thoughts. It's intent is almost a soundtracking to you being leading women and men. Like Tom Waits said "All broken down by the side of the road, I never felt more alive and alone." That's what I tried to do here, to connect with those moments that sprawl. It's driving music, driving to work or stores or nowhere. Music for leaving and music for arriving. It's late night music, or rush hour music. Music for falling in love and being alone. Music for interiors. Music to make your friends worry about you... Hahahaha...
I've loved the ambient work of Brian Eno, and the instrumental work of Ryuichi Sakamoto for years. The Cinema Paradiso pieces by Ennio Morricone have been constant companions for me since forever now. I've often thought instrumental music was the most generous music because it imposed no dialogue. It's pure, and allows each of us to immerse ourselves in our own stories and plots and beauties and aches. I've often found that some of my best lyric writing comes after a period of listening to a lot of instrumental music. Almost as if the absence of language reconnects me to my own interior. That's what I hope this collection offers to you. I don't pretend to be as proficient at this type of music as the artists I mentioned above, or even as my friends in Hammock and Our Ceasing Voice. I am a tourist when it comes to this. I don't consider myself a composer or even a particular gifted arranger. But I am a pretty good at offering weather via sound and simplicity, and I love the process. Hopefully these pieces become ladders and ropes and hallways to your own thoughts. Ultimately, that's the goal. Again, at its root, I hope this collection offers you yourself. That's why there's no voice or language on Current EVENTS. I wanted you to hear your own voice here. It's my guess that that's what a song should always be doing, because in ourselves we find each other.
Above all I hope you enjoy this music, that it becomes a good companion.
All the best, always...
This Sunday I'm participating in a Fundraiser/Benefit for the legendary bass player of The Houserockers, Art Nardini. It's also a Bob Dylan Tribute. I chose this song because it lit me up as a kid, was a burst a light to every part of my mind and thinking and feeling. And because it feels (unfortunately) profoundly timely.
No one can deliver like Bob, so I tried to bend it to my current mood and mode. Below is a preview. Hope it moves you, and if it doesn't, I hope it compels you to give the original a listen. You can find it on The Freewheeelin' Bob Dylan (my personal favorite of Dylan's early albums).
Here are the details for the show in Pittsburgh this Sunday for Art Nardini. It's at The Rex Theater. We'd love to see you guys. The show starts at 8pm. I believe I go on first. I also start a Autumn Tour next week, so please take a look to see if I'm coming near you. Would love to see you!! Check out the TOUR PAGE!
Alright. Hope you're all doing and feeling good! See you soon. You can view the sneak-peak for the Dylan song I'll be performing right HERE: https://www.facebook.com/matthewryan101music/videos/10153754318676581/