Recorded by Ryan Stanley November 2004 - August 2006
Released by Ford Plant Recording Co.
Exclaim (December 2006) -
Ryan Stanley is a self-proclaimed "bedroom recorder," whose pop rock songs are well worth a listen. Until recently he played in GTA emo hall-of-famers the Vermicious Knid, but he's been recording solo since 2000. This Mountain Is A Hill is a collection of self-recorded songs, featuring the artist's wife on drums - a "bedroom partner," so to speak. Stanley gets to the point on these - he doesn't noodle around or play up the lo-fi factor, his songs are unassuming and economical. He avoids sounding emotionally overwrought, which we all know is a frequent pitfall for post-emo solo acts - he just plays good tunes for his own pleasure and for anyone that happens upon them. The obvious comparison is Sebadoh (albeit without the Lowenstein touch), and aside from purely musical similarities, Stanley, like Lou Barlow, seems happy putting things together on his own. Toronto's math rock players of yesterday seem to be growing up and quieting down, and it's not disappointing at all.
- Alex Molotkow
released September 1, 2006
All music by Ryan Stanley
Words by Ryan and Jackie Stanley
Ryan - vocals, guitar, bass, ukulele, glockenspiel, synths, viola
Jackie - vocals, organ, drums
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