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Strange Town

by Ryan States

The melancholy songs are piano/guitar driven with horns at times. It is a tribute to singer/songwriters of the ‘70s, but with a twist, the artist is 'out'. It is a love letter to New York City and the first album ever made on a circus train.
Genre: Pop: 80's Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. I Will Find My Way
3:50 $0.99
2. Immigrant (Fish Out of Water)
3:40 $0.99
3. In the Game
5:37 $0.99
4. Never Forget (9/11/02)
3:29 $0.99
5. Under the River
3:55 $0.99
6. I Am a Comet
3:28 $0.99
7. Planet Earth
4:59 $0.99
8. Better (When You're Older)
4:36 $0.99
9. I'll Give You (What You Want)
4:02 $0.99
10. How Do You Know (You're in Love?)
2:48 $0.99
11. I Won't Walk Away
3:05 $0.99
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Album Notes
The songs tell a story of moving from middle America to the Big Apple less than a year after Sept 11th. The 'out' lyrics paired with the '70s sound fill a void for anyone who grew up at a time when gay music was very closeted.

The album was recorded and mixed on the circus train between 2007 and 2009, in dozens of U.S. train yards and on dozens of train runs. All of the Bill Leary sax sessions were recorded on the train in Lexington Kentucky. All horns and guitars were recorded on the train on "Never Forget". The strings were recorded at Berklee Boston. Most of the guitars and drums were recorded "online". The nearly two dozen musicians were made up of friends or strangers found via google. Ten of the musicians have the circus on their resume, but you won't hear any polkas or music for aerialists.

The down-tempo music is primarily guitar driven, but you'll also hear piano, horn section and solo sax. Influences range from European pop to American southern rock (The Eagles, Ben Folds Five, Fleetwood Mac, Queen, The Beatles).

"Planet Earth" contains religious imagery of the Millennium, a time of peace preceding Judgement Day. This is not a religious record but "Planet Earth" reflects States' former faith. There are songs of hope, such as "I Will Find My Way" which was written a few months into States' two-year LDS mission.

"I'll Give You (What You Want)" is about getting hit on by married men. "Better When You're Older" is a coming out song. "I Won't Walk Away" is a pledge never to leave NYC.



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