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Review: Ryan Hobler, “The Elusive Yes”

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Review: Ryan Hobler, “The Elusive Yes”

“Every note, lyric and stunning harmony included on The Elusive Yes are essential. Not a moment is wasted, and everything has its place and purpose. And yet somehow Hobler manages to make this all seem so fluid, spontaneous, unexpected and full of personality.”

Artist: Ryan Hobler

Album: The Elusive Yes

Genre: Pop Folk Noir

RIYL: Sondre Lerche, Paul Simon, Andrew Bird

Ryan Hobler The Elusive Yes

The last time we caught up with Ryan Hobler, he was releasing the songs that eventually made their way to this full-length, The Elusive Yes, one track at a time over the course of 2014. And as intrigued as we were then by both the engagement-savvy release method as well as Hobler’s vocal versatility, the ante has clearly been upped with the addition of eight more tracks to make up the rest of the record.

The first three tracks we listened to still stand up; “Got a Ways to Go” is a lush, harmony-driven tune that simply sparkles with vintage Beach Boys vibe. “See What You’re Doing to Me” remains a powerful favorite that builds upon a hypnotic undercurrent with some truly stunning vocal and instrumentation that expands as you listen. “All Along” is such a simple and perfectly pitched song, nearly flawless in every aspect.

But with “Bob vs. Jack vs. The World” we hear even more of Hobler’s unique sense of musicality and style. This is just a fun track that happens to contain an insanely quick guitar and vocal line that puts Hobler into another class of artist entirely. “I Have Love, I Have You” again takes us on another journey through the charmingly warped musical mind creating memorable hooks and lyrics left and right. “I Fell Deep” sits right in Hobler’s deeper vocal pocket, and delivers an enchanting performance that will surely have fans swooning. “Near You” takes a sparse approach, making it stand out even more for its simplicity among some of the more lush arrangements included. And in this case, there’s a gorgeous fragility that Hobler allows himself to expose.

Ryan Hobler has not only created a masterful album, but he’s accomplished a major milestone in music marketing. Every note, lyric and stunning harmony included on The Elusive Yes are essential. Not a moment is wasted, and everything has its place and purpose. And yet somehow Hobler manages to make this all seem so fluid, spontaneous, unexpected and full of personality. It’s a labor of love that we can all enjoy, and an album to be celebrated. This is the type of record you dream of listening to and can’t get enough of.

 


Ryan Hobler website: http://www.ryanhobler.com/

Read our review of previously released singles here: 

http://www.indie-music.com/ee/index.php/blog/comments/review_ryan_hobler_various_singles

 

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