June 3, 2008

Matthew Ryan & The Silver State

I've been on a bit of a folk-rock kick lately, and came across these guys, Matthew Ryan with his recently released Matthew Ryan vs. The Silver State. This is his 11th album, and I'm wondering how I've missed him so far with such an extensive recording history. In listening to the album, I'm realizing that there's a real layering here, that this is a really complex and emotional album. There's a tinge of Tom Waits here, and Josh Ritter.
There's a raw intensity to Ryan's music, with a really minimal, yet interesting sound to his music, with some additional instruments that really add to the sound. This is possibly one of the best albums that I've listened to this year.

They Were Wrong - Matthew Ryan
It Could've Been Worse - Matthew Ryan