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Ryan Matthew Frederick Yard - From Telford, Shropshire, UK

A Shropshire-based keyboardist Ryan YARD, exposed to a lot of rock music with his family, has at first started playing jazz piano in his younger days. As a musician or composer, he's got inspired by Mike Oldfield, Rachmaninoff, Steve Reich, or lots of avantgarde artists at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where I took a 4 year BMus degree, but he went back to the rock music scene filled with progressive rock artists like Yes, Genesis, King Crimson and Pink Floyd whilst completing his music degree. His debut work titled "Chasing Time" was released in 2015 via Bandcamp.

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Chasing Time
5.00 | 2 ratings
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The Nature Of Solitude
4.05 | 11 ratings
Going Home

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4.05 | 11 ratings

Going Home
Ryan Yard Crossover Prog

Review by Evan90

5 stars A really beautiful album with a very distinctive sound. Very similar traits with The Nature Of Solitude. I read somewhere that the album was written during the winter and some tracks have that icy quality. The album was written to raise money for pancreatic cancer charity as Ryan's mum was dying during the composition of the album. It's a surprisingly uplifting album with some gorgeous melodies. A few tracks are more melancholy such as Frozen Wings and the title track.

Each track is short and direct and there are some great recorder moments from none other that Les Penning. The Sun Will Shine Again is a real stand out track with a very pastoral duet in the first section followed by a symphonic second half with great epic climaxes.

Other highlights include the opening track Stars Align which has a minimalist quality and lovely string melodies and The Long Road which features an Oldfield like repeated melody that builds to the thrilling conclusion.

It really is a superb album, no filler or weak tracks but very direct and melodic.

A must have.

Thanks to dAmOxT7942 for the artist addition. and to Quinino for the last updates

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