Fresh from a very well received gig at Daryl’s House Club, Ryan Martin will showcase at Mondo.NYC on Wednesday, October 13th at 9:30PM. The live performance featured in “Blue Rose” was filmed at Old Soul Studios in Catskill, NY where Martin recorded his 2020 album Wandercease and features the album’s core band: Jared Samuel (Kevin Morby), Nick Kinsey (Waxahatchee), David Lizmi (Fun), and Connor Grant (Sean Lennon). “Blue Rose” – an additional performance filmed at the Old Soul session, and one of Martin’s most transcendently beautiful songs – premiered Tuesday, October 12th via Look At My Records!.
“A blue rose doesn’t exist in nature; it represents the desire we feel for things that seem so beautiful and alluring but are actually illusions we conjure up in our minds. It was written about heroin but it could be anything – a relationship, possessions, social status. It was a favorite among the studio band and very much inspired by the music of Pat Hull, a songwriter I have loved and played around with since my earliest days in Chico back in 2007.” –Ryan Martin
High Moon Records is thrilled to announce Ryan Martin‘s new Album Wandercease which will be released on October 23rd. Pre-order the album here!
Wandercease is Martin’s most musically adventurous and emotionally authentic record, blending masterful melodic instincts with giant musical hooks and a vibrant, multi-hued sonic palette. Wandercease ranges from deep introspection to radiant joy. Confidence and curiosity combine to create an expansive and cohesive sense of mood and place. Producer Kenny Siegal (Langhorne Slim, Joseph Arthur, Chuck Prophet) recorded all the sessions at his Old Soul Studios in Catskill, NY. Adding to the alchemy, the tracks were mixed with the deft and painterly touch of Paul Q. Kolderie (Pixies, Radiohead, Hole).
The album’s first single, Coma Kiss, with its infectious vocal hook and irresistibly buoyant groove, set against Moog and piano interplay, washes over the listener with the feel of an instant classic. Beneath the charm lie darker sentiments about a failed relationship — but that lovely dissonance between song’s feel and the story Martin tells is part of the magic.
One key musical presence is singer-songwriter and classically-trained harpist Mikaela Davis. Playing treated-harp on ‘Coma Kiss,’ as well as providing utterly sublime backing vocals, Davis was initially enlisted by producer Siegal to play harp on a couple songs. When she spontaneously began singing harmony vocals during a rehearsal of ‘Coma Kiss,’ Martin and Siegal were floored. Davis ended up singing and playing harp on much of the album. Her shimmering harp playing and stunning vocal contributions are perfectly situated on Wandercease, elevating its intriguing blend of homespun Americana, processed rhythms and warm electronic touches.
Ace of Cups, the pioneering all-women band from the ‘60s San Francisco psychedelic scene, are back with Sing Your Dreams! Pre-order now!
Sing Your Dreams is the stunning new collection of 12 songs and stories and features collaborations with Jackson Browne, Sheila E. and the Escovedo Family, Bakithi Kumalo (whose iconic bass-playing was integral to the sound of Paul Simon’s Graceland), jam-band guitar luminary Steve Kimock, peace activist and counterculture icon Wavy Gravy, Jack Casady (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna), and David Freiberg (Quicksilver Messenger Service, Jefferson Starship).
“Jai Ma” is the lead single from Sing Your Dreams, the second album by the all-female, ‘60s psychedelic-rock pioneers Ace of Cups. With an irresistible transglobal groove and evocative lyrics celebrating the strength of the divine feminine spirit, the song features special guests Sheila E. and the Escovedo Family contributing fiery Latin percussion, Bakithi Kumalo (Paul Simon) on electric bass, and jam-band luminary Steve Kimock laying down shimmering Afropop guitar.
Ace of Cups’ Denise Kaufman explains: “’Jai Ma’ may be translated from Sanskrit as “Victory to the Divine Mother – the energy and power of all creation. May She triumph over all destructive forces within each of us and everywhere in this world.’ This is a song honoring, loving and exalting the Divine Feminine in all Her forms. It’s about taking back patriarchal stories from various traditions which demean the feminine. It’s about raising Her up and celebrating Her, celebrating love, sensuality and the juiciness of life.”