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Ryan Van Dordrecht - "Undone"

MUSIC FARMER 5 - Review by Wolf Georgia

A Timeless Ode to Indie Americana

In the often oversaturated realm of modern contemporary indie-pop music, it's a rare occurrence for an album to not only capture the essence of musical nostalgia but also propel the genre into new, uncharted territories. Ryan Van Dordrecht's sophomore release, "Undone," is such a gem. Due for release January 5th 2024, this 10-song collection is a masterful symphony of 1970s indie soul Americana, seamlessly interweaving the echoes of past legends with a bold, fresh sonic vision.


"Undone" begins its melodious journey with the standout "All In Your Mind," a track that revives the soul of '90s indie rock with its infectious chord progression and vibrant drums. Here, Ryan’s vocals are a celestial confluence of Prince, David Bowie, and Bruce Springsteen, weaving through the air with an angelic clarity, intertwining with the hypnotic melodies of e-bow guitars. This opening number is not just a song; it's a portal to a realm where nostalgia and modernity embrace in aural harmony.


Next, "Back to Life" emerges like a dawn chorus, with its folksy guitar and drum rhythms laying a foundation for the expansive piano. The song's narrative quality, a tapestry woven from threads of David Bowie and The Killers' Brandon Flowers, is elevated to ethereal heights by a chorus reminiscent of The Beach Boys' vocal euphony. This track is not merely a song; it's a vibrant canvas of sound, painted with the brightest hues of vocal harmony.


In "Human Nature," Ryan takes us on an odyssey with an epic piano melody and a relaxed drum groove. The song’s juxtaposition of grandiose chords against a subtle rhythm section crafts an ambiance that is at once haunting and uplifting, reminiscent of the enigmatic allure of bands like Oasis. It’s a musical paradox, weaving an eerie serenity through its melody.


"Hurts Like Hell" is a time capsule that transports listeners to the heart of the '80s with its luminescent, shimmering guitars. Ryan’s vocals, imbued with a narrative grace akin to an indie Bruce Springsteen, paint a picture of heartfelt storytelling through sound.


The journey culminates with the eponymous track "Undone," a masterpiece of rhythmic artistry. It begins with a captivating solo drum groove, paving the way for a mesmerizing interplay of guitars, organ, and percussion. Ryan’s commanding vocals are a dance of sonic power and grace, complemented by the enchanting harmonies of a female voice. This final track is not just the conclusion of an album; it’s a crowning moment that commands attention from beginning to end.

 

Ryan Van Dordrecht's vocals are a celestial confluence of Prince, David Bowie, and Bruce Springsteen, weaving through the air with an angelic clarity, intertwining with the hypnotic melodies of e-bow guitars.
 

"Undone" is more than a mere collection of songs; it's a significant landmark in Ryan Van Dordrecht's artistic journey. As a multi-instrumentalist, Ryan's collaboration with a cadre of Wrecking Crew-caliber musicians has birthed an album that not only pays homage to his musical roots like Bruce Springsteen and Fleetwood Mac but also aligns with the modern vintage aesthetic of artists like War On Drugs and Phoebe Bridgers.


From his early beginnings with pop-Americana band Sidestar to his foray into emo alt-rock with Castella, Ryan Van Dordrecht has continuously evolved as an artist. His collaborations with notable figures like Joe Chiccarelli and Rian Lewis, coupled with his successful solo debut "Beast Of Love," have all been stepping stones leading to "Undone." This album is not just a collection of tracks; it is a lyrical odyssey in sound, a showcase of Ryan's evolution as an artist and a beacon for the future of music. "Undone" is an album that promises to resonate deeply with audiences, weaving a timeless tapestry of sound and soul.


Check out "Human Nature" by Ryan Van Dordrecht below!👇











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