Dear Lover (Dear Future Collective) is Matthew Ryan’s 12th album, and his first to be self-recorded. Nine of the ten tracks were recorded at his home studio in Nashville. The album was inspired by events in the spring of this year. “In short, last winter I found myself in an emergency room with someone I love. It seemed too soon. I guess it always is. But it started my head spinning around these songs once everything turned out alright,” according to the artist. “It’s a collection dedicated to saying the things between lovers that often go unsaid,” he continues.
In 2006, struggling to come to grips with the death of a friend from cancer, and the imprisonment of his brother, Ryan released the very personal, intimate From A Late Night High Rise. He followed that effort up in 2008 with Matthew Ryan vs. The Silver State, inspired by his childhood on the outskirts of Philadelphia. If you’ve heard him, you know his work to be so emotional that he seems to struggle to bring sound to every syllable. His voice is a tortured dry rasp, brimming with intensity and filled with meaning. Listen as all these considerable skills come together on the album’s title track.
Matthew Ryan goes about his business quietly. Maybe too quietly for someone pursuing a career as a songwriter, but maybe that’s the way he wants it. Fans are not won by the thousand, but one by one in small clubs across the country, and hopefully on websites like this one. Once you become a fan, though, you’re a fan for life. He’s the underdog that you root for. You tell your friends when there’s a new album, or Matt’s coming to town. They become fans. And so it goes.
Matthew Ryan’s Dear Lover is available now digitally at iTunes, eMusic, Rhapsody, Napster, and Amazon MP3. The CD will be in stores on February 16, 2010. You can stream the entire album at Blurt.