Composer and multi-instrumentalist Ryan Farish describes his music as "positive chillout," though his fusion of dance, electronica, and chill-out has earned him a following that spans the boundaries of genre.
Ryan Farish's new album "United" picks up where Farish left off with his #5 Billboard Charting album, "Spectrum" (2015). Exploring the softer side of electronic music, United features 14 songs that carry a consistent theme of soaring, ambient guitars, warm analog tones and Ryan Farish's signature lush piano leads… melodies that at once will uplift the listener, but also bring about a sense of calm and hope, which is a familiar theme found in much of the artist's music.
The danger for modern blues performers is turning into a parody of what you're allegedly celebrating or honoring. Vocalist Angela Strehli avoids that trap by simply being herself; her honesty and individuality make her cover of Major Lance's "Um, Um, Um, Um, Um" a legitimate treatment. Strehli's tough-talking personae was tailor-made for such songs as "Two Bit Texas Town" and "Go On," while she managed to register pain without pathos on "Can't Stop These Teardrops" and "I'm Just Your Fool." Only on Elmore James "The Sun Is Shining" did she falter, more because Albert King has established a credible alternate vision of that number. But she makes up for that with the remarkable closing tune "Going to That City." While she doesn't eclipse Sister O.M. Terrell's transcendent original, she comes as close as anyone possibly could to providing a treatment that's just as valid.