Nah, I’d never heard of him either. But, as is often the case, with me, I just happened across him on the goggle box. Well actually, I happened across his voice…not on MTV or VH1…but on the opening moments of Tim Roth’s Lie to Me.
Nice little TV show I have to say. Kinda bummed the audiences gradually dwindled and it didn’t make it past the 3rd season. (I was just getting into it and waiting for Lightman and Foster to get jiggy with it). Any road up, it took me quite a few episodes to actually get off me arse and go google, wikipedia or imdb who it might be…the theme tune that is. (I guess I could’ve bing’d it instead; but I really can’t bring myself to use Bing as either a verb or a search engine. Sorry guys; I know what I like…and I’m stuck in my ways. I don’t yahoo either…but I guess that doesn’t really help…does it)?
Anyway, it’s not the first time I’ve extended my musical horizons this way. But if you’re gonna grab the CD or mp3 version of Ryan Star 11:59, be warned it plays out in about 36 mins; so it won’t be the longest album in ya collection. Don’t let that put you off tho’. The guy’s got talent. (Follow the link and preview the tracks for yourself if ya don’t believe me).
As is often the case, I found myself looking for people with whom to compare this new (to me) artist. Can’t say any one particular artist sprang to mind and certainly no-one like-for-like pitch and timbre wise. So if Ryan has a list of influences, (which I’m sure he has); I’m buggered if I can guess ’em. The guy seems to have a good vocal range and I could imagine him singing some more rocky/powerful stuff with equal aplomb. He’s got the pipes for it.
Don’t think there’s really a duff track on the whole album. (Still seems funny to use the word ‘whole‘, when it’s so short. But it does have 10 tracks and one advantage of a shorter playing time is you can always take it for another spin ;o)
Track 1 (aka Brand New Day) is the Lie to Me theme tune and funny enough Star’s voice reminds me in parts…just a little…of Phil Oakey; from early 80’s synth band the Human League. (Anyone remember them)? Also, some of the slower parts, e.g. We Might Fall (or even Last Train Home, before the beat picks up a little), remind me a little of Snow Patrol. But maybe that’s just the tempo.
Anyway, as I said: worth a look-see…or should that be a listen-hear? Take it for a spin. Couldn’t find an official Brand New Day video; only some naff live versions recorded on a phone. But here’s a good audio quality version from the guys at YouTube. Which is what really counts…right?…