WE REVIEW THE NEW ALBUM FROM RYAN FISHERMAN – COUNTRY EMO
The latest offering from New Zealand multi-instrumentalist and producer Ryan Fisherman, “Country EMO”, is an intriguing blend of musical styles and influences.
Fisherman’s musical journey began as a drummer for an indie electronica act and he later delved into session work for various successful independent acts in New Zealand. Now flying solo, he takes us on a sonic adventure that is both intimate and open-hearted with this new album.
The album’s title, which combines two seemingly disparate genres, Country and Emo, is intriguing. We can only assume that it reflects Fisherman’s ability to merge different musical elements into a cohesive and appealing sound. The 10 different tracks on the album are characterized by their time-worn and rustic textures. All that while the artist’s vocals take center stage, providing a compelling narrative.
One moment, the album immerses us in the world of indie folk, with its raw and emotive storytelling. Hence serving as a reminder of the power of simplicity and the beauty that can be found in unadorned melodies. Yet, just as we settle, Ryan masterfully transitions into the realm of anti-folk, challenging conventions and inviting us to explore the unconventional.
But that’s not where the musical adventure ends. Indeed, the album effortlessly shifts gears, even embracing lo-fi and acoustic vibes in one of the tracks. If the goal is to envelop us in a cozy and intimate atmosphere, it works. It’s as if we’re transported to a dimly lit room where every note carries a personal and heartfelt message.
One notable aspect of the album is the balance between vocals and instruments. Ryan Fisherman’s vocals are emotive and captivating, drawing the listener into his universe. At the same time, the instrumentation shines through, with moments where the vocals take a step back, allowing the listener to appreciate the instrumental skills on display.
Overall, “Country EMO” is a sophomore effort that impresses with its high-quality production and the artist’s willingness to experiment with different musical styles.