Shiny Joe RyanThe Cosmic Microwave Background
Released 2014 on Spinning Top
Reviewed by Graveyard Poet, 15/10/2015ce
It is the remnants of remaining radiation and energy left behind by the Big Bang.
It is within all of us.
Shiny Joe Ryan (guitarist and multi-instrumentalist for Australian psychedelic rock band Pond) has built an album of epic soundscapes that are sure to make you feel a multitude of emotions, ranging from childhood nostalgia and bittersweet love to melancholy loneliness and spiritual awe.
Imagine if Chris Bell, after polishing his pristine production on Big Star's #1 Record, had not faded into obscurity but had instead re-entered the studio to jam with a Krautrock backing band and craft his own space rock masterpiece. That's what this album is--fuzzed-out rhythms, heavenly vocal harmonies (a la the Zombies), stunning, smile-inducing melodies, and experimental textures that take you on a trip through canyons of glowing reverb.
Starshine medicine which makes the nerve synapses fire the inspiring creative chemicals in your brain.