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RYMO: Kinetic

Any artist that includes a song titled “Mr. Roboto Visits the Outback” on his album has my attention.

RYMO is short for Ryan Moran, drummer for eclectic rockers Slightly Stoopid, and Kinetic is an instrumental solo album that represents his many musical influences. Guests include Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel, King Crimson) on Chapman Stick and electric cello, YouTube guitar sensation Marty Schwartz, multi-instrumentalist Tom Griesgraber, and Farzam Salami on the Persian percussive instrument known as the tombak and a Persian stringed instrument called the tar. RYMO’S bandmates from Slightly Stoopid make appearances, too.

The album opens with a 36-second percussion solo and then bounces into the title track, a jammy loose-vibe of a track that careens into something way more intense by its abrupt conclusion. From there, RYMO takes us on a diverse sonic journey that includes global rhythms (“Bembé Rumba,” “Cubism,” “Changó”), pseudo-reggae (“Skooby Snax”) and spacey prog (“Nebula,” “Megalodon”). As things turn out, “Mr. Roboto Visits the Outback” is one of the more reserved tunes here, but it is no less intriguing -- and as the title suggests -- it showcases the didgeridoo, an Aborigine wind instrument.

If you’re not paying attention, it’s sometimes easy to miss when one track starts and a new one begins. But if you are listening astutely (and following along in the liner notes), you’ll be treated to a rewarding sonic experience.

Track Listing:
1. Symmetry 7 (feat. Farzam Salami)
2. Kinetic (feat. Paul Wolstencroft and Tom Griesgraber)
3. Palindrome
4. Spy Theme (feat. Tony Levin)
5. Bembé Rumba
6. Skooby Snax (feat. Marty Schwartz)
7. Mr. Roboto Visits the Outback
8. Nebula
9. Influx (feat. Marty Schwartz)
10. Magalodon
11. Cubism
12. Changó
13. Symmetry 5
14. Hearin’ Everywhere (feat. Paul Wolstencroft)
15. Didg-y-tar (feat. Farzam Salami)
16. Dream Flight

Added: September 14th 2021
Reviewer: Michael Popke
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Related Link: RYMO Website
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Language: english

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