Ryan Snow is back with a slick, polished EP and an attitude to match with the release of his debut solo EP, Out of A Dream, due out on iTunes today, September 24, with a physical release available September 29.
Snow, known as the front man of hard-hitting popular rock group Big Snow, has transformed his sound from confrontational taunt to suave persuasion with a 20’s themed concept EP focusing on classic jazz standard elements blended effortlessly with lush, well-rounded pop sensibilities.
“Hot Damn” rolls along on the back of a strut, fueled by horns, a perfect intro to the EP and the first video to come from the recording. An instantly danceable sing-a-long, “Hot Damn” will definitely be the tune that remains stuck in the mind.
“Stupid Love Song” balances a bouncing baseline with the most pop piece on the EP. If it were anyone but Snow, a Diet Coke reference would seem a gratuitous solicitation of sponsorship. However, here it is endearing. We know Snow is genuine.
“I Love You, I Do” is Snow’s first single. The dreamy afterglow to Hot Damn, it’s a successful formula of modern beats, sentimental horn section and AM gold harmonies provides a smooth backdrop for a classy love song.
“Funky Town” is the fun party track on the EP, full of back-and-forth singing reminiscent of a musical’s opening number, replete with cheering and sassy sax.
The last track on the EP, “So Long (You Did Me Wrong)” holds the award for most beautiful arrangement, with crystalline guitar work and the classic Rhodes organ.
Each track on the five song EP builds off a musical memory from yesteryear- whether it is a familiar sax line, funky guitar or an old Rhodes. Out of a Dream is a trip through Snow’s musical predilections, influences which include Frank Sinatra, Maroon 5 and Michael Bublé. All of these sounds are effortlessly modernized with hip hop grooves and glossed over with just enough saccharine sweetness to make them instantly accessible to even the strictly Top 40 set. Make no mistake though- Snow’s latest endeavor is radio ready and geared for your next party but it’s still as genuine as the myriad of local acts he manages in a daily basis under Big Snow Entertainment. Snow’s distinct vision and laser focus becomes even more apparent when he turns to his own projects, and once again he does not disappoint as he proves to Atlanta what star power really is.
Ryan Snow will be debuting Out of a Dream live at the Buckhead Theatre, September 29. Like the Ryan Snow music page on Facebook to keep updated on future releases and events and check out the Big Snow Entertainment site for everything BSE.