Ryan Kershaw's full-length album, "Everything Has Led To This"
Review by Adam Jones - MUSIC FARMER 5
A Soul-Stirring Alt-Folk Masterpiece
From the heart of Scotland emerges a breathtaking musical experience in the form of RYAN KERSHAW's debut album, "Everything Has Led to This." A skillful fusion of alt-folk and acoustic traditions, Kershaw's soulful voice and profound lyrics create a tapestry of emotive storytelling that leaves listeners captivated and yearning for more.
Inspired by the works of John Milton, William Blake, Jim Morrison, and modern-day authors like Philip Pullman and Terry Pratchett, Kershaw's creativity shines brightly throughout this album. The production is superb, perfectly showcasing the invigorating sonic complexities of acoustic harmonics (you can hear the overtones!), inspiring melodies, and Kershaw's crystal-clear, captivating vocal tone.
The album's featured track, "The Doors of Perception," is a mesmerizing journey that begins with a unique and instantly catchy acoustic guitar harmonic hook. The song's lyrics invite listeners to embark on a voyage of self-discovery, self-acceptance, and growth.
Other standout tracks include "Puzzles," a collaboration with Rachel Phox that boasts a delightful 6/8 feel, organic room ambiance, and ethereal strings. The vocal harmonization between Kershaw and Phox elevates this track to enchanting heights, creating an auditory experience that will linger in your mind long after the song ends.
"Let Me Be Your Song" enchants with a catchy acoustic guitar pattern, while "My Dear" transports listeners to a bygone era with its psychedelic Beatles vibe. It's a rare treat to hear a song that so beautifully channels the spirit of the iconic band, demonstrating Kershaw's versatility.
RYAN KERSHAW's debut album on Red Tangent Records is a sublime expression of a man who has found solace in the works of musicians, poets, and artists across the centuries. As a family man and passionate music lover, Kershaw skillfully channels his emotional depth and diverse influences into a collection of tracks that will resonate with fans of alt-folk, acoustic music, and anyone who appreciates authentic emotion in their musical journey.
Ryan Kershaw's "Everything Has Led to This" is a timeless musical treasure that deserves a place in the collection of any music aficionado.
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