This is Australian Ry X’s debut full-length album, a follow-up to his Berlin EP. Dawn is an emotionally frank piece of work, with Ry’s tender vocals bearing his heart over subtle instrumentals. The man’s got a pop sensibility but with a super-intimate approach. Dawn is released on the Infectious Music label.
6/10 Robin Staff review, 04 May 2016
“Sun Kil Moon sounds with Bon Iver singing over the top”, promises my editor man Clint, because he is a monster and likes to see me struggle to like things. In reality RY X is a lush quasi-folkie who softly mutters over nylon strings, subdued pianos and skittering drums -- whatever he can get his hands on, which is probably a lot, considering that the room he’s performing in is very big -- I can tell from the dominating and echoing acoustics this record writhes in.
The description sort of works, though, in so far as there’s a lyrical minimalism to this record that asks you to instead focus on its atmosphere -- much like a Ben Howard type, RY X repeats mantras over and over and lets buried hums and “woah ohs” carry his record into the clouds. His vocal is pure forlorn indie singer -- lacking clarity in favour of beautification, it melts together with the string swells and gets lost in the climaxes.
Which is all very well and good, because this is a pretty record: it will appeal to fans of Daughter, while a tune like “Berlin”, which casually rises and falls with its numb guitar tone, might rouse the hearts of London Grammar. “Deliverance” is a piano-trembler; “Hold Me Love” waits in the wings with a lovely neo-classical intro before striking out into what sounds like M83 making radio indie folk. This is the Big Music, the Big Music is here now and always, so let it eat you.
8/10 Adam Customer review, 19th October 2016
The long awaited debut album of RY X is one of many flavours and twists. Generated after years of travel and influence, he collects many of his singles and rereleases them in their final fashion. The album takes you on a story of influence and change, mixing his haunting vocals with folk, as well as electronica and techno (which can be taken as the inspiration from Frank Wiedemann of AME).
Dynamically, the album reaches its climax as it welcomes the track "Haste" and shoots back down to "Sweat" to release you softly back into the world again.
Although this is a solo record, the talents of Jens Kuross and Eric Price are to be recognized throughout. Both of these jazz musicians add a surprising element of wholenessless thoughout the album, making three men stand as tall an orchestra standing on one another.
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