Anything is Possible – Debut Single

Anything is Possible, my debut single is now available to buy and stream.

Below are the links to the following. A lyric video is available on YouTube, you can buy a hi res version of the track on Band Camp or alternatively, you can stream it on Spotify, Apple Music and all other streaming services.

A huge thanks to everyone involved in making this music happen.

Here the credits:

Music and lyrics written and arranged by Ryan Mark Elliott 

RME – Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards, Producer 
Emma Davidson – Backing Vocals 
Ben Elliott – Bass Guitar 
Jiffy Griffiths – Percussion 
Aled Lloyd – Drums 

Andrew Bishop – Producer, Recording and Mixing Engineer 
Steve Kitch – Mastering Engineer 

Darlee Urbiztondo – Artwork

A huge thanks to the tremendously talented bunch of people listed above. I am humbled by the heart and soul you put into this project and I immensely enjoyed working with you all.

This track was inspired by the novel with the same title by American writer Elizabeth Strout. One of the main characters becomes a writer and moves to a city far away from her home. I read it at a time when something very similar happened to myself!

Musical style wise, I’ve never written a track with as many pop sensibilities as this. It’s kind of a blend of New Wave (influenced by Tears for Fears and Sting) as well as Dream Pop (Mew and Beach House) there’s also a bit of funk in there too!

Anyways, I hope you enjoy it!

Ryan Mark Elliott – Anything is Possible Lyric Video

Anything is Possible on Spotify

Anything is Possible on Band Camp

Mark Hollis

A few weeks ago, we received the sad news that Mark Hollis of Talk Talk had passed away at 64 years of age.

Our heroes are passing away at a quicker and quicker rate.

And whilst my generation and younger is grappling with everything around us telling us to chase for approval, I find it interesting that we are gravitating towards the dead artists who were outsiders and did things their way.

Can anyone say ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’?

One can only imagine what his online presence would Freddie be still alive. The very notion amuses me.

And whilst the wave of love for Queen has been rekindled and passed on to generation Z courtesy of the film and a rock and roll story, Mark Hollis is a starkly contrasted kind of outsider.

A very introverted and quiet one.

Nevertheless, Hollis is an artist who still left his legacy and impact.

First, it was the synth pop anthems, the most famous probably being ‘it’s my life’ but the true magic of Hollis’s work comes later in Talk Talk’s career in two albums that showcased a defiance towards industry pressure and allowed the band to stick to it’s artistic integrity, ‘Spirit of Eden’ and ‘Laughing Stock’.

Both albums would go on to inspire the post rock movement in the 90s.

I’ll never forget the first time I listened to ‘Spirit of Eden’ all the way through. I sat in my studio with the lights off and a drink at hand. The entire experience was a cathartic one, the record can drift you off into a zen like state of mind.

The space of the music, the carefully selected sounds and elongated notes, the gradual build up of texture, a mumble of words followed by a crystal clear statement.

The record entirely resonated with me in the way I understand but can’t quite articulate at the same time. It’s a very powerful kind of music.

When was the last time you heard a record like that?

If you’re in your twenties, I’m not sure how many of you may have had this experience.

And what’s especially sad is music’s cultural relevance has reduced significantly. Music has become a coarse reflection of reality, a background noise, a state of mindlessness that boasts fame and fortune as opposed to personal fulfilment.

There are artists out there like that today but it’s hard for them to make waves in a time where we’ve got to grips with distribution, but no idea about marketing and there’s too much of everything.

But all the while, Talk Talk inspire me to be the kind of artist I want to be…my own artist.

You can do things your own way, you can stick with your gut and follow your own path and you can be an outsider.

It can be just about the music and you can be an introvert.

And the irony is that you’ll probably be more respected for it.

Rest in peace Mark Hollis. Thank you for the music.

https://open.spotify.com/album/4YXo7p7aubyVIbNLoVlBp9?si=h4R6u95oSiSzT9kY7xbtTg

Bohemian Rhapsody

I know I am late to the party, having only seen this tonight.

The critics slammed the movie and I usually agree with them so I had my reservations.

But then all of a sudden, everyone is going Queen mental, including kids and I get a real sense of the movie causing a ruckus. Then Mark Kermode says on his podcast that the film made him cry thrice and I usher myself to the cinema whilst my inner dialogue goes ‘Ryan you idiot, go see this movie about one of your favourite bands, your childhood heroes’.

The production process certainly wasn’t without drama. Sacha Baren Cohan dropped out of the film due to creative disagreements, then Dexter Fletcher had to take over directing after Bryan Singer ended up behaving the exact way a director shouldn’t behave and this all had the spellings of a disaster.

And I get why the critics have a problem. The problematic moralistic subtext concerning Freddie’s orientation. The character portrayals themselves weren’t that particularly nuanced. And as someone who has avidly read Brian May’s biography and watched all the documentaries, the film took serious liberties with the timeline. Song releases, The American tour and then the biggest being Freddie revealing he has AIDS before the performance at Live Aid (he wasn’t even ill at this time). All for the narrative purpose to enhance the drama.

Then there is the constant stream of wink wink, referential parts from John Deacon jamming ‘Another One Bites the Dust’ to Mike Myers and that ‘Wayne’s World’ part and I could go on about the same problems already mentioned but the actual matter of fact is…

NOBODY CARES!!!

While I was to some extent hoping to see the full biography come to play, right up to Freddie’s passing and the wonderful musical material that would be released later in Queen’s career, the film set out to do something different.

This was to capture the magic of what Queen was and still is.

The film for the most part focuses on Freddie, who is wondrously recreated by Rami Malek, who’s performance is sensational. The interesting thing is the audacity of who Freddie was because, he was his own artist and he did things his way.

This kind of story is so engaging because Freddie is an outsider. Queen worked relentlessly hard and the world came to them.

Who are the artists out there now, playing by their own rules? Who are artists who can say no? Who are the artists who are artists first and not brands? Where are the risk takers?

I can name you some but they are nowhere near the mainstream.

We live in a different world today where Music is no longer important than politics and if Freddie was alive today, he would have plenty to say about it. I can’t help but think the film highlights a thing we all need that is well and truly and lacking in the Music business today.

The power of being an outsider and doing things your way.

Queen did it and they had the definitive front man in Freddie leading them, with a whole load of charisma enough to hold the arena filled audience at Wembley in the palm of his hand.

By the live aid sequence, my eyes started watering, because I started remembering what it was like to hearing this band for the first time, how in awe I was of their live performances when I watched the videos at my grandparents’ house and how Queen are truly something special.

And when you are truly special, you are something that stands the test of time.

This film has made Queen the biggest band in the world.

And in a world that is currently so divided, that tells you to stick to the rule book. Queen stand as a beacon for letting your freak flag fly.

‘But it’s been no bed of roses, no pleasure cruise, I consider it a challenge before the whole human race, and I a’int gonna loose’.

So my favourite records of the year are as follows:

Natalie Prass – The Future and The Past
Janelle Monae – Dirty Computer
Julia Holter – Aviary 
Rosalia – El Mal Querer
Natalia Lafourcade – Musas Vol. 2
Daughters – You Won’t Get What you Want
Low – Double Negative
U.S. Girls – In a Poem Unlimited
Ariana Grande – Sweetener
Anderson Pakk – Oxnard
MGMT – Little Dark Age
Beeach House – 7

And here’s a playlist with all of the albums (and some cool tracks from other records I have enjoyed too).

Anything else I should check out from the 2018 releases?

Merry Christmas!

 

Journey of The Effervescent by Kinky Wizzards

Over the last year, me and the brothers have been busy planning new things for the Kinky Wizzards.

Simultaneously, the boys decided to put a new live Music video together by themselves where they explored some of the older material.

It is safe to say after watching this video of the brothers do their thing, the song title says it all. Vivacious and enthusiastic.

I look forward to joining them for our string of shows this summer.

Ryan

Students take the lead in Gun Protests

Of all the people who are taking a stand, it appears the students, and more specifically the student survivors are the ones leading it.

Well done to Cameron Kasky for taking on Rubio and shaming him. How he can stand there and say he is for keeping schools safe whilst accepting funds by the NRA is a complete paradox. One which shows where his interests truly lie, and it ain’t with the victims of the shootings.

America is one helluva mess.

And L.A. shootings, these school shootings will keep coming because they are enabled by those in power.

But the 2nd amendment you say…take the amendment and shove it where the Sun don’t shine. Or better still, rewrite it. Isn’t that why it is called an Amendment!?

Self defence is such a non-argument. Australia’s legislative law changes after the 1996 mass shooting in Port Arthur and the subsequent data that proves that gun control works seems to be overlooked by many American politicians.

https://cdn1.sph.harvard.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/1264/2012/10/bulletins_australia_spring_2011.pdf

But the problem is, too many of the old leaders in power are so easily swayed by their own legitimised sense of greed. Astonishingly, the scenes of a school shooting and dead children becomes forgettable to them.

And then Trump, with what I would call such a numbing sense of unsurprising audacity proposes the idea of equipping teachers with guns, and forcing the initiative to fund it despite little evidence to back it up.

Turning schools into anticipatory war zones.

It’s like banging your head against a brick wall.

A change has got to come. Students are sick and tired of it, and so they are taking a stand. Anyone who truly wants USA to be safer should join them.