Burlington, Vermont's Ryan Power makes stunningly outré pop music imbued with strange funk and damaged soul. Ryan has been self-producing and releasing music since 2002 until "I Don’t Want To Die", his fifth album overall and debut LP for NNA Tapes in 2012. On his earliest albums, his gift for song craftsmanship was apparent through his breezy Brazilian infested jazz pop. His music has since shifted towards highly evolved and unfolding pop compositions. Power's harmonic puzzles turned into pop hooks are accompanied by his blunt personal lyrics which address contemporary issues such as fear of death, hypochondria, materialism, the music industry, environmental destruction, lust, self evaluation, and identity crises. Ryan's latest "Identity Picks" for NNA Tapes is a 8 song cycle that moves through lush jazz pads, a sensitive side of progressive rock, and aquatic smooth jazz funk styles. According to Power the eight songs on the album were written "to help give my life meaning".
Ryan currently performs with a 5 piece band and has performed with the Dirty Projectors, Yacht, Delicate Steve, Co La, Autre Ne Veut, Guerilla Toss, Slava, Little Women, Speedy Ortiz, Happy Birthday, Blanche Blanche Blanche and Happy Jawbone Family Band.
“Self-proclaimed "terrified child dance punk" act Bulgogi is the brainchild of Tim Tsurutani, formerly of Chicago's CAW! CAW! Tsurutani not only enjoyed his time in Asheville last year, he recorded a collection of songs in a West Asheville basement. The result is Give Up Your Guts: a twitchy, dancey, textural adventure through emotional states, nightscapes, static dreams and startlingly sweet melodies. Tsurutani's lyrics may be tongue-in-cheek at points, but his acrobatic vocal abilities are no joke.”
— Alli Marshall, Mountain Xpress