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Mary Lydia Ryan | Diaphanous

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Easy Listening: Adult contemporary Avant Garde: Sound Art Moods: Type: Vocal
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by Mary Lydia Ryan

Bitter-sweet progressive adult alternative pop infused with a bit of jazz cool
Genre: Easy Listening: Adult contemporary
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Devil With Wings
4:55 $0.99
2. Amused
3:52 $0.99
3. Inside
3:54 $0.99
4. Self Control
5:39 $0.99
5. Words
3:38 $0.99
6. Begging Me
3:05 $0.99
7. What You Pay Me For
4:06 $0.99
8. Alone
3:22 $0.99
9. Liar
2:49 $0.99
10. Become
5:05 $0.99
11. Swallow This
5:19 $0.99
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Here is what the press has had to say...

Ryan's voice is a lovely soprano instrument. Her songs have that mix of Victorian floral luxury and a post Kate Bush sense of drama that might remind you of Sarah McLachlan or Tori Amos. Wistful songs with occasional small surprises."
Dan Maryon, Option Magazine

"Mary's voice is an intense instrument and compliments her amazing piano style."
Madalyn Sklar, GoGirlsMusic.com

[Diaphanous] is "a jazz-accented collection [focusing] on Ryan's register leaping voice. It's a mostly successful formula, with Ryan recalling femm-pop heroes...such as Tori Amos and Kate Bush."
Richard Martin, The Seattle Weekly

Ryan is elegant and graceful with a voice that rises to dizzying heights.
Tom Scanlon, The Seattle Times

"Ryan's voice is a velvet pleasure, her music an easy-listening collaboration of jazz and floral tones recalling memories of Kate Bush and Enya with a modern twist of all the usual female artist suspects: Tori Amos, Sarah McLachlan and the like."
Dan Larsen, SeattleInsider.com



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I have heard of Mary Lydia Ryan over the years through "Ectophiles Guide to Good Music," and being a fan of indie female artists I thought it highly likely that I would also like Mary. Indeed I do! From the opening track, "Devil With Wings," to the end with "Swallow This" I was mezmerized. This record is an art piece, and I only hope she will hurry and release a new album.

Anais Madeleine

A hot day in the French Quarter, enjoying Beignets anyways
It is a shame New Orleans is on the verge of becoming Atlantis because Mary would blend so well into the jazz infused voodoo sensuality of the French Quarter. The colour and texture of her voice and smooth composition would be priceless with cigar smoke floating through the damp air.

Mark Bitner

Diaphanous takes you on a delicate ride
Listening to Diaphanous is like stepping into a sailboat at night not sure where you will end up but leaving you happy you got on board. I especially like track 5, "Words." It's layers and textures are intriguing and sophisticated. I highly recommend this album.