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“Because it’s layered, dramatic and emotive, it might be tempting to just lump the impressive project in with no-vox bands like Explosions In The Sky, but, as myopic’s name implies, that would just be shortsighted.” – Dallas Observer
myopic is the ambient instrumental project of Dallas, Texas-based drummer and multi-instrumentalist, Jeff Ryan. Simulacra Records will release myopic’s latest album, "we were here", the follow up to 2009’s plays in pieces, on February 26th, 2013.
“It’s literally about doing something before it’s too late,” Ryan explains of the record’s title track. “I wrote and recorded the song ‘we were here’ in one day, which perfectly encapsulates the meaning of the record, as in ‘You’re here now, so do something that means something to you.’ I literally grabbed every instrument that I had close to me, hence the name myopic.”
Ryan, a self-taught musician, started playing drums at an early age, continued in bands throughout high school and college, and started to get critical recognition when his group Pleasant Grove began touring in the US and Europe.
It was around this time that Ryan’s friends, the Grammy–nominated engineer John Congleton and Grammy–winning engineer Stuart Sikes, hired Ryan to play and record with St. Vincent, Sarah Jaffe, The War On Drugs, The New Year, and The Baptist Generals among many others.
It was also at this time that Ryan started tinkering with looping the sound of found objects, and developing these samples into songs. The result was 2009’s plays in pieces which contained the track “As Much As You Can III,” which was called “Ira Glass’ dream transition music” and was subsequently written up on NPR’s website.
The music accurately reflects many of Ryan’s inspirations. “I’ve always been into electronic music, and especially by artists melding the organic and the electronic, like Kraftwerk, New Order, Aphex Twin, Autechre, Orbital, Sparklehorse, and Tortoise,” he explains.
About “Jura,” the first single from "we were here", Ryan says that “My wife is from Scotland and during my first visit, there was a moment when I stepped outside of myself, and for a second everything made sense. Her life, my life, how we met – everything just made sense in that moment. That’s what life is to me. Moments. Some good, some really bad, but they’re all important.”
Simulacra Records will release myopic’s latest album, "we were here", on February 26th, 2013. The album’s first single “Jura” is streaming and available for download now.