Man Without Country Announces New EP
Shares New Single/Video “Gardener in a War”
Led by Welsh-native producer and vocalist Ryan A. James, Man Without Country incorporates modern electronic precision with a love of timeless melodies and an emphasis on lyrics that cannot be compared to many of his peers..
Ryan A. James under the moniker Man Without Country has announced their prominent return with the forthcoming EP release “Bloods, Side A” – described as his nostalgia-tinged record inspired by human relationships. Drawing influence from Com Truise and The Japanese House, Man Without Country has today shared their lead single “Gardener in a War” and accompanying lyric video.
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That soaring synth note that fiercely initiates the start of this release and prominently molds the crucial ambiance to this release, that distinct synth note will hook you immediately. With your attention already fixated, the vivid vocal tones weave throughout the bold textures to bring a softer appeal to the release. In this stark contrast from the pulsating beats and array of angular elements, the influence of this arrangement shifts to showcase this truly personal lyrical direction. The lyrics offer this deeply emotional, extremely raw infliction. To fuse such painfully honest lyrics against the ardent soundscape and still capture some emotion is an impressive feat. This enveloping rhythm emerges and pans from left to right to silence before this distinct electronic drum beat unites the stunning harmonies and the tender lyrics.
Experimental passages break the intensity of the exploration by focussing on the alternating energy and ambitious electronica. Man Without Country consistently alters the ambiance with the intricate introduction to some key stop-starts, by allowing in this degree of silence against this colossal landscape and then manipulating the soundscape with the influx of experimental tones, sharp little fills and 80’s Esque soundbites.
At its core, Man Without Country has created this synth-pop fuelled ballad, soaked in this resonating synth appeal and fighting against the pop-like currents, it’s the brutally honest lyrics that set this track apart from other electronic pieces. James has this remarkable presence throughout the release, capturing emotionally charged characteristics whilst attentively building a formidable bed of synth-driven cosmic carnage. The analogue tweaks infused with human affection – a beautiful partnership.
Man Without Country first emerged in 2007, originally as a duo alongside Tomas Greenhalf. The pair produced two acclaimed studio albums – the confrontational Foe (2012) and the maximalist Maximum Entropy (2015) under Cooperative Music(Universal / PIAS). After parting ways the project resurfaced in late 2017, essentially as a solo act. James’ abilities have also seen him collaborate with some prominent names. His vocal-feature on ‘Sordid Affair’ by multi-platinum-selling Norwegian electro-veterans Röyksopp was the first single taken from their 2014 studio album The Inevitable End. In 2019, the duo revealed ‘In the End’ as part of their Lost Tapes series. Originally recorded in 2014, the song features a vocal duet between James and Susanne Sundfør. Over the course of his career James has also accumulated quite the remix CV, which lists official remixes and co-remixes for the likes of ionnalee (iamamiwhoami), Interpol, Chad Valley, Empathy Test, Carlosh Garzat, School of Seven Bells, Band of Skulls, Röyksopp, M83, Moby and many others.
Bloods, Side A is due July 16th on all digital streaming platforms.
3. Gardener in a War
4. Our Silences
6. Gardener in a War – Edit
7. Ultra-Nightmare – Edit