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Sky Bleached

by Dylan Ryan / Sand

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Carsten Pieper
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Carsten Pieper I had to let pass Cuneiform Record's last weekend specials, because I bought too much music the weeks before and for the life of me couldn't listen appropriately to all of it...

This week, I really couldn't resist: A jazz album with - among others - Black Sabbath, The Cure and Joni Mitchell in mind? Reading the liner notes alone triggered a strong bite..., er, buying reflex, pre-listening did the rest ;-) Favorite track: White Nights.
John Cratchley
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John Cratchley If Cunieform put their faith in an artist you can be sure it's worth your while checking them out. This is one of the best labels out there with exemplary taste...i've enjoyed their output for years and i'm still exploring their catalogue.Sound trio are a real find.Guitarist Timothy Young did brilliant work with Zony Mash and he translates it here to this wonderful trio...full of invention and zest.Marvellous!
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White Nights 04:20
Barocco 06:12
Mayan Sun 02:34
White Magic 02:26
Dreamspell 05:07
Sky Bleached 03:28


Featuring his volatile and dramatic trio Sand, Sky Bleached is Dylan Ryan’s debut album under his own name, but the insistently exploratory drummer and composer isn’t making a first impression. A bandstand veteran who’s spent the past decade collaborating with an array of galvanizing musicians across a wide array of creative rock, jazz and alternative scenes, he’s probably best known as the catalyst behind the witty and inviting prog-jazz sextet Herculaneum.

Boasting a sonic vision that stretches to the far horizon, Sky Bleached draws on many of Ryan’s varied experiences, but Sand instantly establishes itself as wild and wooly creature in its own right.

Featuring guitarist Tim Young, a versatile player sought out by artists such as Fiona Apple, John Zorn and Beck, and bassist Devin Hoff who’s toured and recorded extensively with the Nels Cline Singers, Xiu Xiu, Good For Cows and Joshua Redman, the Los Angeles-based trio restlessly ranges between moods, textures and styles. For Ryan, the project provided an ideal opportunity for exploring contrasting, even antithetical impulses, juxtaposing introspective odes with aggressive anthems, artfully composed passages and impromptu flights.

"I had the idea to write songs for a jazz band that had elements of Black Sabbath, the Cure, Jaco-era Joni Mitchell, and free jazz. I intentionally made the free playing and the composed sections less compartmentalized. The idea is to have a really great sounding rhythm section that can stretch out and make music spontaneously, and naturally together. Sand is a jazz band, but it reflects the different things I grew up on and listen to; It reflects the fact that I am playing jazz, but that I wasn't born in 1945." – Dylan Ryan.


released January 15, 2013

Dylan Ryan: Drums
Timothy Young: Guitar
Devin Hoff: Bass

Produced by Dylan Ryan.

Recorded and mixed by Mudrock at The Hobby Shop West, Los Angeles, CA, April 24 & 25, 2012.

Mastered by Peter Andreadis at All City Mastering, Chicago, IL.

Cover image courtesy of Christopher Schreck.

Photography by Magdalena Wosinka.

Layout by Bill Ellsworth.


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