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2012

by Jason Rylan

The album is a unique collection of songs with wide ranges of themes around 2012, current world events and economic views, love, and more. 2012 also features a remake of Led Zepplin's 'Stairway to Heaven'. Notable tracks include 'Soar', 'Survivor', 'Goner
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1. Soar
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2. Survivor
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3. Goner
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4. 2012
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5. Stairway to Heaven
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6. Love of a Lifetime
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7. Damn Baby
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8. Stimulation
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9. Hot Mess
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10. Electric Dreams
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11. Love of a Lifetime (Extended Mix)
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12. Go-Go Boyz (Radio Edit)
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Album Notes
November 29, 2009] Jason Rylan"2012" - Sky Ambient Productions, Inc. recording artist, Jason Rylan, releases CD Single ‘2012’ as the title track for his next upcoming Full-Length feature album. ‘2012’ intertwines the current economic views and global conditions alongside the mythologies and superstitions derived from the ancient Mayan calendar. Rylan releases in perfect timing with the feature length film ‘2012’ recently catapulting into movie theaters in Early November 2009. ‘2012’ is musically groundbreaking and as innovative as Prince’s ‘1999’. The single has tribal brooding rock base with Rylan’s signature electronic canvass.

“Jason Rylan’s music project is an instantly like-able journey of: experimental-electronic, mostly-dance-oriented songs – that are loaded with: fresh new instrumental sounds, catchy vocal hooks, infectious beats and thoughtful lyrics. Creatively speaking, he is unafraid to try new things, which makes both making – and listening to – his music an interesting exploration.” states Talbot Snow (Producer/Sound Masters of Las Vegas). “Each song has it’s own unique characteristics – differing from one song to the next. No two are exactly alike. Included, is a definite mainstream sensibility – mixed with a combination of: edgy, sometimes unusual twists and turns – in the arrangements / production. His song 2012 is at once: mystical, prophetic, catchy, intriguing, relatable and sing-able for everyone. As a music-producer / co-producer I have enjoyed working with Jason and his ever-evolving multi-media music-project. I recommend that anyone looking for a fresh new twist in: a fun, music-listening-adventure – give Jason’s project a definite go!”

“I was really excited to see the film. I think the film is an excellent portrayal of many subconscious fears and a story of survival” comments Rylan on the recent motion picture. “‘I started working the music project about a year and a half ago. ‘2012’ is a phenomenon dating back to so many ancient civilizations. I’m sure it will captivate interest and universal intrigue for many years to come.”

The single is scheduled for digital release in late January/Early February 2010 through CD Baby and The Orchard distribution channels. The Full-Length album is tentatively scheduled for release in Fall 2010. The album features notable tracks such as the increasingly popular ‘Hot Mess’, ‘Love of a Lifetime’, ‘Goner’, and ‘Survivo

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Kevin Mathews

Jason Rylan 2012: Retro-futurist? Classic rock sensibilities with post-modern e
Artist: Jason Rylan
Album: 2012
Review by Kevin Mathews


Naming your album one year ahead is to suggest futurism. Or perhaps you just got the year wrong! Tongue-in-cheek is always a good quality to possess to remind ourselves that, above all, music should be fun.

Jesting (and hyperbole) aside, upon initial listens, the music on electronic artist Jason Rylan's sophomore album is in fact anything but forward looking. Most of the influences to whom Rylan obviously owe debts date back to the 1980’s, when synth-pop first made its commercial impact. Not only that, but on half the album Rylan actually utilizes an acoustic guitar as a rhythm instrument, which suggests that awkward hybrid genre known as folktronica. This musical schizophrenia is borne out of Rylan's candid admission (in his official biography) that he loves Madonna and Led Zeppelin in equal measure. Classic rock filtered through electronica? This idea is never more crystalized than in Rylan's truly idiosyncratic version of the Led Zeppelin chestnut "Stairway To Heaven."

Re-interpreted as a dance number with heavy shades of the late John Barry's James Bond themes, this familiar tune is almost unrecognizable as Rylan puts his fairly original spin on. It's an ambitious attempt, but such chutzpah should be admired. This gives us a clear view of what Rylan is attempting here on 2012: classic rock sensibilities with post-modern electronica.

Rylan started out recording and songwriting mainly as a hobbyist. However, in 2005, he created Sky Ambient Productions, Inc. as a local Las Vegas audio and visual production company and in the same year, Rylan debuted his first sexy single "Go-Go Boyz." The go-to track on this album is actually a radio edit of "Go-Go Boyz" with its 80’s gay disco vibe, inspired as it is by Rylan's experience of watching Las Vegas' dancers (at Gipsy and Krave Nightclubs) in action and also by the Sydney Mardi Gras in Australia. The rest of 2012 more or less follows this 80’s dance pop agenda, with Rylan's baritone vocals reminiscent of many of the 80’s synth-pop masters e.g. Soft Cell, Human League, Blancmange, and Depeche Mode. The title track itself is an interesting, thought-provoking song about socio-political themes viewed through the perspective of the end of the world. Thematically, of course, the influence of Prince's "1999" is obvious.

Thankfully, for folks who enjoy proper melodies in their dance pop music, Rylan delivers for most of 2012. Mostly consisting of actual songs arranged in electronic format, this record never skimps on the quality of tunes in favor of a dance beat, but manages to maintain a fine balance between the two. "Soar" is a perfect example of this balance, as drum patterns and auto-tune are utilized for maximum impact, but even stripped of these effects, the song would be able to stand on its own. This approach also applies to tracks like the strident "Survivor," the folksy "Goner," Latin-flavored "Love of a Lifetime," soulful "Hot Mess" and the throbbing "Stimulation." Many of these songs recall Queen's early 80’s foray into gay disco ("Hot Space") and that is a feat in itself!

The greatest distinction of Jason Rylan's 2012 is that it is able to look back and forward at the same time without ignoring the present. Retro-futurist? Sounds about right!


Review by Kevin Mathews
Rating: 3.5 Stars (out of 5)
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