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Ohio musician Ryan Smith was first brought to our attention last year when we featured him as an artist to check out. At that point he already had one album, 'Waiting', available as a free download. Now a year on, Ryan has another full-length available and like the first it's also available for free. It's a generous offer for music that's a cut above most of the homemade, freebie Bandcamp albums we get sent, and Ryan has always shown a knack for a tune. That's perhaps more noticeable than ever on the current single from 'Primary Numbers', as here he's picked an instrumental track.
Built around a piano, 'Simple Things' is more intricate than you might think, as not only does this bring melody, but it does so in the same way that vocals would; essentially the vocal melody here is supplied by the piano. It's an interesting idea and doesn't come at the cost of decent backing either. There are layers of synth which fill out the sound and a ticking beat that subtly drives the track along. So even without vocals you're getting the full whack, and if you like 'Simple Things', then you'll find he's got a whole lot more where that came from.
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Catch him live:
FRI 12 JUL Skully's Music Diner, Columbus, OH, US
THU 25 JUL Columbus Commons, Columbus, OH, US
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