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RYAN YARD

Crossover Prog • United Kingdom


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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
2015
5.00 | 2 ratings
M.A.C.O.
2016
4.50 | 2 ratings
The Nature Of Solitude
2017
4.05 | 11 ratings
Going Home
2018
3.10 | 2 ratings
The Nature of Solitude II
2020

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The Boy Inside The Machine
2018

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 The Nature of Solitude II by YARD, RYAN album cover Studio Album, 2020
3.10 | 2 ratings

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The Nature of Solitude II
Ryan Yard Crossover Prog

Review by Windhawk
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3 stars UK composer and musician Ryan YARD have been releasing solo albums at a steady pace ever since 2015, and by now he has 10 productions to his name counting all and sundry. "The Nature of Solitude II" from 2020 is his sixth full length studio album, and the successor to 2017's "The Nature of Solitude". Like with all the other releases by Yard, the album was self-released.

I'm not overly familiar with the type of instrumental progressive rock explored on this album, hence my impressions are based on a somewhat limited familiarity with this part of the progressive rock universe. In that context I'd say that this album by Ryan Yard isn't one that is in quite the same league as artists such as Mike Oldfield or even Rob Reed. He does explore similar landscapes however, and I'm fairly sure that most of the people looking forward to the next Mike Oldfield album or Rob Reed's next album in this more careful variety of progressive rock will also feel right at home with this latest album by Ryan Yard.

 Going Home by YARD, RYAN album cover Studio Album, 2018
4.05 | 11 ratings

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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.

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