Matthew Ryan is experiencing a kind of noisy renaissance. It began in 2014 with the Kevin Salem produced "Boxers" and now with "Hustle Up Starlings". His 1997 debut album, May Day, was recently celebrated by Paste Magazine as one of the best albums released in the 1990s. Quietly persevering, devotedly independent, and sonically adventurous, Ryan continues to grow a sprawling career that's now rich with a long and diverse list of beautiful songs and albums.
Produced by Brian Fallon (from The Gaslight Anthem), 2017's "Hustle Up Starlings" shimmers with silvery anthems and a captivating focus. The set clocks in at 40 minutes with no prevarication or bluster, just a celebratory noise alight w/ hearts, broken-in voices & poetry.
Some quotes regarding Hustle Up Starlings:
"This new full-length brims with a hunger and desire to fill the holes inside us that would otherwise kill us"
– Record Collector Magazine UK (5 out of 5 Stars)
"For an artist whose career began 20 years ago, Matthew Ryan is getting attention of late as if he’s the new kid in town"
– American Songwriter Magazine (4 out of 5 Stars)
"This album is a glowing, moving film, and it refuses to die"
– Speakers in Code