REW<< 'Sonoran' Reviewed at Tome to the Weather Machine

“I definitely have a soft spot in my heart for artists releasing music on the Perth, Australia based label Hidden Shoal. They seem to find artists creating music on the periphery of ambient and neo-classical that melts with a certain kind of sweetness and gentleness. REW<< is certainly no exception, built around a looped piano line and vinyl, analog sounding drones -the main melodic through line of “Sonoran” is a beautiful piece of sepia-tinged nostalgia. Wonderful stuff from this artist and label.” – Tome to the Weather Machine Related Items:New REWTodd Tobias and Chloe March 'Ma Leila Lulla' Reviewed at Tome To The Weather MachineREWNew REWMoonchy & Tobias "Atmosfere" Reviewed at Louder Than...

REW<< 'Salix Amygdaloides' Reviewed at Rural Sounds

“Splitting his time between Kenya and Armenia is composer and producer REW<<, also known as Ryan E. Weber. Having worked along side acts such as The Promise Ring, Decibully and being one half of the dream pop duo, Eric & Magill, Weber has such an incredible skill set and scope that it’s no surprise his track, “Salix Amygdaloides” is a gorgeous one. The ambient, neo-classical piece carries with it a melancholic tone. Underneath the warm notes it echoes out is a textured sound that is somewhat reminiscent of a tape loop. This track comes from Weber’s forthcoming ep, Salix Babylonica which will be released on May 14th, 2019.” – Rural Sounds Related Items:REWIntereview with Ryan E Weber aka REWNew...

“Eat Your Friends” Compilation Reviewed at DOA

“Over almost a decade, Hidden Shoal records developed a reputation as a consistently innovative and experimental music label, giving to us music of remarkable qualities whether it was the instrumental excursions of Gilded, the blissed-out indie of My Majestic Star, the electronica of Marcus Mehr, the alt.folk stylings of Kramies – the HSR list of significant talents was a lengthy one. I say was, as in 2014 or thereabouts, the Hidden Shoal label underwent a reorganisation of sorts, and it began to seem that one of the more influential Australian record labels of the recent past was itself going into hiding. Perhaps so, although only to return refreshed, renewed, invigorated and with its varying artistic visions intact – the Eat Your Friends compilation proves that the Hidden Shoal label is properly with us again. One thing I’ve found when reviewing compilations is that not infrequently, when I put them into my music players, the tracks separate instead of remaining in their album folder, and that has happened with my copy of Eat Your Friends, encouraging me to view each of the tracks as a single release rather than view the album itself as a cohesive whole. Then there’s the fact that only some of its contributors are already known to me and so, ditching some of my preconceptions about what it’s going to sound like, I began listening to the 11 tracks in a random sequence, and prepared for the unexpected. Firstly, there’s singer/songwriter Erik Nilsson’s “Moksha Can Wait”, a song which electronic composer Marcus Mehr has taken and adapted to his subtly developed production sound, a track that begins almost inaudibly and builds to a staggering crescendo of soaring, roaring...

Rew<< "Olive Skinned, Silver Tongued Siren Sings Swan Songs" Reviewed at Music Won't Save You

The ability to combine different styles and musical languages ​​is inherent in personal and artistic biography of Ryan E. Weber, whose curriculum appear collaborations with bands and artists such as Shearwater, Owen, Decibully and Dirty Projectors, conducted from various corners of the world. For some time Weber is, metaphorically, “back home” in its Michigan and driving a solo project, REW<<, in which condensation precisely his many experiences and such a versatile personality as elusive frameworks unique.

REW<< "Olive Skinned, Silver Tongued Siren Sings Swan Songs" Reviewed at Luna Kafe

“I was truly amazed when hearing the second single off this album, “To Come Unglued”. A thrilling, sparkling song. I was also enthused when checking out the first teaser from the album, “The Lights in the Sands of Katumpkale” (launched in April). Heavenly music, indeed. So, a beautiful (and cryptic) title as Olive Skinned, Silver Tongued Siren Sings Swan Songs must surely hide several treasures and hidden gems, besides “…Katumpkale” and “To Come Unglued”. Yes, of course it does. REW<< (a.k.a. Ryan E. Weber) has come up with a delicious dish of experimental and playful pop, making this an excellent adventure. Hidden Shoal call the eclectic songcraft of Weber to be ‘refracted through the lens of a laptop, conveying the open-endedness, excitement and disconnection of post-modern living while maintaining the immediacy of pop.’ When Hidden Shoal say that the spectre of Weber’s songs go from the ‘grand to the intimate (…from shimmering, widescreen electronic pop to haunting, minimal ballads)’… well, this is the perfect, pinpoint description. And, what’s even better: Olive Skinned… is fantastic either if its ‘grand’ or ‘intimate’. It fits both ‘outfits’. Either way is good. Spellbinding stuff for sure. Tune in to and hang on to Weber’s musical journey. You will be enriched in every way. The album opens with the careful, colourful and slowly spinning “Big Fish and the Sirens”. Imagine a big, dream world fish slaloming, zig-zagging the blue sea between some mysterious sirens singing trying to catch it. “To Come Unglued” is as fantastic that I remembered it from two moonths back. “The Distance From Vultures” is a more fragile, sparse moment, with...

REW<< Reviewed at MFOA

“i featured a song by veteran musician, world traveler and prolific collaborator REW (ryan e. webber) awhile ago and now i’ve got the whole album to lay on you. the music is tough to describe, classify, or shoe-horn into a genre. the music is dreamy, strange, and varied. you can tell that ryan uses the REW moniker (one among his many projects) to follow a restless creative urge where ever it takes him. it’s worth looking into.” – The Modern Folk Music of America Related Items:Intereview with Ryan E Weber aka REWREWMoonchy & Tobias "Atmosfere" Reviewed at Festival InfoREWMoonchy & Tobias "Atmosfere" Reviewed at...