Dallas–based drummer and multi–instrumentalist Jeff Ryan – his credits include work with St. Vincent, The War on Drugs, Daniel Johnston, Sarah Jaffe, The New Year and many more – presents “Two Pieces” (UPClose Recording Co., Dec. 11th), his latest release under the Myopic banner.
The new tracks are each named for the settings in which they were made, recorded with minimal instrumentation and no overdubs, and then mixed by Stuart Sikes.
The video was shot by John Dufhilo. “The idea was to capture a moment and not spend any time in post-production,” Ryan says of the concept. “Whatever happened in the moment, happened.” The first track, “Playground,” was recorded in the school playground of Ryan’s children.
“I was dropping by our school, and I realized I was in the playground, totally alone, for the first time,” Ryan explains. “Even though I’ve always noticed the vibes and bells that were built into the playground I’ve never really had the chance to just play them.” A few weeks later, Ryan replicated the melody he came up with that day along with minimal accompaniment.
“I heard violin and another set of bells accentuating my foundational melody,” he says. “I just wanted to capture the vibes in the natural, outdoor setting and record all of it outside.” The music video for “Playground” captures the session just as it took place that day. “Two Pieces” by Myopic arrives on Dec. 11th from UPClose Recording Co.