29 Sep 2021
UsernamePassword

Remember Me? | Join | Recover
Click here to sign in via social networking

Ryan Fisherman - Album Review: Vibe

26 May 2020 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Christchurch musician and singer-writer Ryan Chin, goes under the name of Ryan Fisherman. He has just released his first album Vibe. The album is a stunning alt-country affair featuring over 20 musicians including Motte, Marlon Williams and Adam Hattaway.


Ryan is a multi-talented musician, who started out as a drummer, but diversified to learn other instruments to help with his music. Adding bass guitar, synth, lap steel and vocals to his repertoire Ryan has been a support to other musicians as well as working on his own projects.

I became quickly absorbed in this album from the get go, the subset tag of county-alt or alt-country is very fitting for Vibe. It has a clean modern country music sound which is wonderfully alternative and fresh. I fell in love with the sound Ryan has created from the start.

With a new found passion for modern country music artists and a penchant for Midland and Cowboy Junkies, I snapped up the opportunity to review this album as soon as I heard it. Not all country music is created equal; sometimes it can be darn right painful to listen to. This is definitely not the case here. Superb from track one through to ten.

All ten songs on Vibe have been written by Ryan Fisherman. The album art is a retro collage of family photos.

Starting with the first track Bailed, melancholic lyrics wind their way through each track. With a slow moving gentle amble, Bailed is perfect country music material, a break up song. Boy leaves girl. Ryan has a wonderfully clear deep voice that conveys warmth and depth easily. The appealing lyrics are honest.

Moving on to track two Observation and the pace picks up somewhat into a livelier number. Wonderful rich vocals infused with that country sound, guitars, banjo and violin creating a catchy rhythm.

This album just keeps getting better when track three, How Cool, incorporates piano and vocals by Indira Fare and synth bass and banjo by Josh Petrie. Each addition of musicians creates gorgeous layers of sound and lush textures.

Eloquent and soulful stories burst forth track after track. Tantalizing the listener with rich tones and divine profundity.

My personal preference and stand out track is Waiting For What. Desolate, stunning vocals from Anita Clark (violin) add to the eerily bewitching lyrics “Waiting, waiting for what. Waiting for something the one thing I forgot. And it’s pacing around in my mind. Anticipating a call down the line”. Accompanying Ryan Fisherman (Rhythm, Acoustic, Piano, Synth & Vocals) on this track are: Joseph McCallum (Drums & Percussion), Symon Palmer (Upright Bass) and Simon Gregory (Lead & Rhythm Guitars).

The success of this album owes as much to the production quality as it does to the song writing, performance and musicianship of this very successful mixed bag of songs.

Rating: ( 5 / 5 )
 

About Ryan Fisherman

Ryan Fisherman is "Chiwi" born musician from Christchurch, New Zealand.

As an advocate of Kiwi music Ryan has performed with many local bands such as Doprah, Nakey, Fran/Bar Group, Fraser Ross, Blair Parkes, Sand Fly Bay, Rickshaw, Golden Orange, Sister Something, Sabine Wojnar & Asian Tang.

Originally a drummer, Ryan decided to learn various instruments to help hone his skill as a song writer & musician. He records most of his music from home which is available via Bandcamp & Spotify.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Ryan Fisherman

Releases

Vibe
Year: 2020
Type: Album

Other Reviews By Corinne Rutherford

John Martin - Album Review: Zealander
14 Sep 2021 // by Corinne Rutherford
Wellington based Drummer/Singer and multi-instrumentalist; John Martin has just released his third album Zealander. His love of strong pop melodies and James Brown covers shine through on this album mingling with his uniquely upbeat sound.
Read More...
Disciple Pati - Single/Video Review: Serious
19 Aug 2021 // by Corinne Rutherford
Auckland’s newest pop/RnB powerhouse Disciple Pati has just released her latest single Serious, along with a “revenge fantasy” style music video which the artist explains as “channeled my violent inner sadist for this moment so y’all don’t have to”. The video ultimately is about getting payback after a production meeting doesn’t go according to plan.
Read More...
Valentina - Album Review: Renaissance
10 Aug 2021 // by Corinne Rutherford
Wellington based Transgressive vocalist and producer Valentina, has just released her debut album Renaissance. Described as a "Hyperpop album", it is filled with wonder, exploring a diverse range of genres such as Bubblegum Pop, UK Garage, Techno, 90's House with elements of Classical and Baroque.
Read More...
Compilation Review: Blood And Wires Volume Two
20 Jul 2021 // by Corinne Rutherford
Independent record label Tauranga based Blood And Wires have released Volume Two, the second instalment in a series of original electronic and experimental tracks which takes the listener on a journey through distorted synths through to serene ambient instrumentation. Blood And Wires Volume Two combines the talent of 8 talented New Zealand artists united by the idea of an experimental approach to creating music.
Read More...
Aanvi . S - Single Review: Music Is My Religion
22 Jun 2021 // by Corinne Rutherford
Aanvi S is possibly New Zealand’s youngest singer / songwriter, who at just nine has released her debut single Music Is My Religion. Encouragement from her family and friends has seen her blossom into a prolific songwriter inspired by her poetry.
Read More...
EP Review: TOI
17 Jun 2021 // by Corinne Rutherford
Award winning seven-piece Wellington band TOI (Tunes of I), are releasing their highly anticipated self-titled EP. Accompanying the release is a four date nationwide tour of Wellington, Christchurch, Auckland and Raglan.
Read More...
Saurian - Single Review: Tyre Tracks (In The Sky) – Acoustic Version
11 May 2021 // by Corinne Rutherford
Alternative rock band from Dunedin, Saurian (meaning “lizard-like”), have recently re-released a new single of an old favourite, Tyre Tracks (In The Sky) as an acoustic version. Removing the loud distorted guitars, drums and big vocals, resulting in a restrained sound consisting of acoustic guitar, strings, percussion and softer vocals.
Read More...
Metrosideros - EP Review: Var.
30 Apr 2021 // by Corinne Rutherford
From the south coast of Wellington, Metrosideros' Matt Dalzell and Ellie Rose have created somewhat of a cool and funky trip hop sound with swirling’s of dub and journeys into backbeats. Their latest EP, Var.
Read More...
View All Articles By Corinne Rutherford

NZ Top 10 Singles

  • INDUSTRY BABY
    Lil Nas X feat. Jack Harlow
  • STAY
    The Kid LAROI And Justin Bieber
  • PEPEHA
    Six60
  • COLD HEART (PNAU REMIX)
    Elton John And Dua Lipa
  • BAD HABITS
    Ed Sheeran
  • THAT'S WHAT I WANT
    Lil Nas X
  • HEAT WAVES
    Glass Animals
  • SHIVERS
    Ed Sheeran
  • HAPPIER THAN EVER
    Billie Eilish
  • WOMAN
    Doja Cat
View the Full NZ Top 40...
muzic.net.nz Logo
100% New Zealand Music
All content on this website is copyright to muzic.net.nz and other respective rights holders. Redistribution of any material presented here without permission is prohibited.
Report a ProblemReport A Problem