Thanks to Music-News.com out of the UK for hosting the world premier of this new video!
Ryan Smith might be best known as the frontman of The Melismatics and Ryan And Pony, as well as the lead guitarist of Soul Asylum. But before all of that, Ryan was making solo recordings in which he played all instruments as a teenager and releasing albums on his own Hygh Tensions Records.
In 2019, Soul Asylum was on the “Dead Letter Tour” setting up the 2020 release of their album “Hurry Up And Wait” — that is, until the pandemic hit. Ryan suddenly found himself back home with a small window of unexpected free time. He started feverishly recording brand-new song ideas with no specific plan of where these songs would end up, playing all instruments and singing all vocal parts. It became clear that the tracks Ryan was building were turning into a new album with a direction all its own. His latest hit, “I’m Slipping,” is an excellent introduction to Ryan Smith’s diverse discography. Covering observational and autobiographical themes, the artist spins lyrics that dig deeper into human existence and purpose.
Traverse through psychedelic visuals and dream pop in Ryan Smith’s “I’m Slipping” music video. Fully embracing an experimental approach to his solo act, Ryan Smith has cascading vocals, introspective lyrics, and a far-out soundscape that brings the guitar distortion and the obscurity of shoegaze music to life.
“I’m Slipping” allows room for interpretation, making it a song anyone can resonate with. Whether you perceive it as slipping into madness or losing touch with reality, the ominous lyrics ask listeners to look deep into how they choose to perceive the world. The stellar visuals are a hypnotizing watch, flooded with vibrant colors and trippy editing. “I’m Slipping” highlights Ryan Smith’s unique artistry and ability to elevate music genres.
--Written by Molly Hudelson
"Stream of Unconsciousness" is a musical experience like the kind you had when you first listened to 'Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' or Pink Floyd's 'The Wall'...Smith has an astonishing range of talent."
"I recorded this album as a teenager on a cassette 4-track in bedrooms, basements, and school band rooms performing all instruments and vocals. Or at least I was trying! A local record store labeled it "homemade hippy punk"-- that seems like a fitting description. It was one of the first releases on Hygh Tension Records, and now it is available in its original form and entirety. For better or worse, I am letting everyone hear this now since it disappeared from record stores years ago. Stream, download, or order a CD from my Bandcamp. I hope you enjoy it!"
Sing along with every word of my cover of The Soft Boys' classic "I Wanna Destroy You." Let me hear you!!
"These aren’t just great songs but sonically they are groundbreaking.”
-Rock Today (UK)
“Ryan Smith has bravely issued just the spot of optimism on the other side of a dark tunnel that we need…In his new single, titled 'I’m Slipping,' Ryan Smith delivers an unquestionably uplifting listen”
-Indie Pulse Music Magazine
"‘I’m Slipping’ is a perfect introduction to Ryan Smith’s artistry, and the video is mesmerizing."
"Solid indie rock vibes have been in short supply throughout 2022, but that could be why Ryan Smith’s “I’m Slipping” feels like the breath of fresh air that it does"
-Indie Band Guru
“Colorful landscapes and still-shots from a vibrant performance fill the screen upon pressing play on the new video for Ryan Smith’s “I’m Slipping” single…With a mightily melodic bend to every verse we hear, Smith breaks off a stellar rocker in “I’m Slipping” that was designed to get the world in a mood all its own this season.”
"'Stream of Unconsciousness' is a musical experience like the kind you had when you first listened to 'Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' or Pink Floyd's 'The Wall'...Smith has an astonishing range of talent."
"'Stream of Unconsciousness creates anticipation of what will be coming from this young artist. It is a solid, insightful, talented display of a young musician's love of music and one worth listening to over and over again."
-University Register, University of Minnesota - Morris
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