In The Dusk Of Everything is a collection of songs that is intended to be experienced as a piece, from beginning to end. It's not really a concept record, but an aural film where each song is a vignette circling a theme and mood. I wanted to make a modern folk record, but I ended up with a folky mood record that owes as much to the American Folk Tradition and punk's honest, vulnerable balladry; as it does to the minimalism of Brian Eno and Arvo Part. It's the earthiest collection of songs and music that I've offered in quite some time.
The majority of this music was recorded directly to 2 inch tape via one performance in the time it took to sing and play. This album was made over months. I started writing it in the early winter of 2011 after moving to a cool little river town just outside of Pittsburgh, PA. I'd lived in my adopted home of Nashville, TN for years, but it was time for a change. It feels good to be back in the state where I was born. In The Dusk Of Everything was recorded and mixed between April and July of 2012. I made this record with the help of the great talents and production wisdom of David Ricketts, the producer of my first album, May Day. The words are warm and loud, and thanks to the mastering of the talented Hans Dekline, the album sonically has a quiet depth and cinema.
This album was financed entirely by money I earned via previous albums and creativity. I believe the risk I take to be creative with my life and my work is clearly my own. But it does make it all the more important that if you love it (and assuming then that it has value to you) that you buy it. I only offer you music that I absolutely believe in. And by purchasing it you contribute directly to my ability to make more music for you, us. And I appreciate that relationship more than you may know.
released October 30, 2012
Produced by David Ricketts and Matthew Ryan
Recorded at The Rendering Plant in Nashville, TN by Brian Harrison
Additional recording and mixing by Matthew Ryan and David Ricketts at Ryan's home outside of Pittsburgh, PA
Performed by Matthew Ryan and David Ricketts
Mastered by Hans Dekline at Sound Bites Dog
Cover design by J. Hulett Jones
All songs written by Matthew Ryan
Copyright Plastic Violin/BMI 2012
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