Stream: Ryan Power: Identity Picks LP
Like Ariel Pink, Ryan Power bounced around various music genres before finding a distinct ear for glistening, outsider pop music. Where Before Today was the album that served as the “wider audience” springboard for Ariel Pink, I think Identity Picks will serve that function for Mr. Power. Slightly funky, incessantly melodic and arranged with an ear towards the sublime that very few people have that talent to conjure. Power is a weirdo who colors inside the lines just enough to make this release something that should be enjoyable to a wide range of music fans. Identity Picks is one of the most rewarding listens, start to finish, to come out this year.