Ryan Chapin Mach ’14 Releases New Single

Album art by Nicholas Nazmi

Gambier’s sleepy roads are a breeding ground for writers and musicians alike, even if they end up on the city streets of NYC. Ryan Mach’s new single “Pop Song” speaks of wandering the MoMa, but is the perfect soundtrack to wandering New Side the afternoon after Fandango. Its upbeat restlessness speaks to a senior who feels a little stuck in the in-between.

It’s a glimpse into the life of post-grad, which Mach illustrates as being a bit like the electric static of millennialism combined with the numbing buzz of a few too many drinks. However, if it allows him to write songs like this, then I think things are already looking up. Listen below!

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Ryan Chapin Mach Releases New LP, Dishes on Auto-Tune and Generational Vapidity

Cover art by Peter Falls ’14.

When I first met Ryan Chapin Mach, he could usually be found in McBride 315, recording lo-fi indie-pop and Bob Dylan covers with little more than a laptop, a guitar, a Casio keyboard-cum-drum-machine, and his larynx.

Two years have elapsed since then.  This past December 2nd, 2012, Ryan uploaded 14 new songs to his Bandcamp – by no means an unexpected occurrence, to be sure – yet from their overall sense of polish, coherence, and deliberate track ordering, I think it’s safe to say we can call this an honest-to-god album.

Or, if you want to make Ryan happy, you could call it Just Hanging.  I think that’s what he’d prefer.

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Spring Break Listening: Ryan Mach and Hannah Beckerman

So while you’re listening to that new Pinegrove album on repeat, it might also behoove you to add a few other Kenyon artists to that spring break playlist.  We’re here to help.

Allow me to introduce you to Ryan Mach and Hannah Beckerman (both class of ’14).  You might remember Hannah from her Willows project (with James Plunkett ’13) last semester.  If not, she’s got an absolutely lovely voice and really holds her own as a songwriter, so you should go get that EP now.

She also just put together another small release with classmate Ryan Mach, under the name We Just Spoke.  Ryan’s a chill dude who rocks a Casio keyboard, Apple Logic and some seriously awesome falsetto stylings.  He makes really cool lo-fi indie pop that will get stuck in your head for days.  You can grab his most recent release, Single Summer, here, and I highly suggest you do.

We Just Spoke are here to take you on a strange and beautiful journey through otherworldly soundscapes.  You can stream and download their EP after the jump.  Enjoy your respective breaks (and keep your eyes peeled for that Andrew Dunham release)!

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