Written by: Kristen Jones
Vancouver singer-songwriter Ryan Dahle has released his first solo album titled Irrational Anthems. Best known as a member of the Canadian bands Limblifter and Age Of Electric, Dahle delivers a captivating album full of creative mellow-punk rock, with this modern collection of songs.
With help from his musician brother Kurt Dahle (New Pornographers, Age Of Electric and Limblifter), as well as vocalist Megan Bradfield (The Salteens, A.C. Newman), this album is quite impressive. Dahle’s friendship with artist Steven Shearer reportedly influenced the album and its artwork.
Irrational Anthems opens with the lead single “Chop Chop” — one of my personal favourites — and draws you in immediately. Songs like “Windmilling” and “Target Practice” show the true depth of this album. It finishes with “Lion Piano” a beautifully intriguing piece and perfect conclusion to a memorable album.
All of the best aspects of Dahle are on display in this album. His knack for both catchy hooks and sweeping songs, his ability to draw you in and his great way with words. Irrational Anthems gives you a sense of familiarity, without being overly repetitive of Dahle’s past work.
Taken as a whole, the album might disappoint some fans, but those who give it some attention will be treated to a well-crafted collection of music by an artist who has matured without sacrificing the signature sound that made him so popular in the first place.
Ryan Dahle’s Irrational Anthems is on sale now in stores across Canada, as well as on iTunes and his website store. Visit www.RyanDahle.com or www.myspace.com/ryandahle to listen to songs and get information on upcoming shows, etc.