Heavy Rotation Album: If by Bill Ryder-Jones


Taking residence on my stereo recently has been “If” by Bill Ryder-Jones, former guitarist of the under-appreciated and still underrated Hoylake band The Coral. Ryder-Jones’ debut solo album takes the Neil Young approach of “heading for the ditch”.

By that I mean that Ryder-Jones has left his roots and forged his own path to created an album of startling orchestration and instrumentation with a widescreen cinematic concept: “If” is the imaginary soundtrack to the novel “If On A Winter’s Night A Traveller” by Italo Calvino.

I could have picked anything from the filmic beauty of the album but have chosen its melancholic, gorgeous closer:


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