|Ryat — Totem (2012)|
Ryat – Totem
Birthname: Christina McGeehan / Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Los Angeles, California
Album release: June 5, 2012
Record Label: Brainfeeder / BFCD029P
Genre: Big Beat/Avant-Indie/Electro-Pop
01.) Windcurve 2:24
02.) Owl 4:26
03.) Howl 2:55
04.) Seahorse 3:34
05.) Hummingbird 3:32
06.) Footless 4:54
07.) Invisibly Ours 5:15
08.) Object Mob 2:55
09.) Invisibility Cage 3:32
10.) Raiz 4:24
11.) Totem 2:32
» Ryat (laptops/bass/effects processing/beat/toys/keys/whatev), Mast (Tim Conley – guitar/laptops/effects processing/beat/toys/keys/whatev)
Ninja Tune: http://ninjatune.net/us/artist/ryat
» Brainfeeder presents TOTEM by new signée RYAT, a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, producer and composer of avant-garde electronic music. A serious oeuvre, TOTEM blends classical elements and cinematic sounds with experimental time changes. Twisting through the gritty, disheveled beats like an elegant ribbon, RYAT’s gracefully processed vocals merge with electronic surprises to create a work of intense abstract art.
» Trading the urban jungle of Philadelphia for the concrete badlands of Los Angeles, RYAT’s transformation was juxtapositioned with a new awareness of her natural surroundings and unexpected visits from animals, whose dream partners give the album its name. Every track of TOTEM represents a different spirit animal, each with a message translated through RYAT’s experimentation with unusual sound signatures.
Giving us just a glimpse of her journey through fire-filled vocals and captivating sonic twists, poetess RYAT lays an emotional path into a dream where animals speak in music and the beats have come alive. /// Brainfeeder newbie RYAT definitely isn’t short on ambition.
» Christina McGeehan’s compositions are sweeping in scope, her delicate voice looping and twisting over lush electronic soundscapes. Having decamped from Philly to LA, the singer-producer has put the finishing touches on her new LP, Totem. The record has a loose theme: each track is designed to represent a different ‘spirit animal’. Her daemon-pop is diverse, strange and frequently enchanting.
» FACT has an exclusive download of Totem cut ’Howl’. RYAT gets the occasional Bjork comparison, and there’s something in it: both have thrillingly malleable voices, and both go in for tactile musical arrangements. On ‘Howl’, however, RYAT plots out her own territory.
» The percussion work is terse and glitchy, but RYAT softens the sting with balmy synths and snatches of harp. One musical idea follows hot on the heels of the next; RYAT’s in firm command of her sound and our attention alike. Judge for yourself which critter ‘Howl’ embodies – we’re plumping for a hedgehog (prickly, but sort of cute at the same time)
» Totem is due on June 4, courtesy of Brainfeeder.
© Photo credit: Theo Jemison
|Ryat — Totem (2012)|