Six months on from his debut Life Variations EP, Chris Ryan’s SORBET returns with new music and the promise of a debut album this summer. Joined by Galway born folk artist Maija Sofia, this is ‘I Heard His Scythe‘.
Last year’s EP showed Belfast based producer Chris Ryan’s (Robocobra Quartet) taste for new sounds, as well as collaboration, bringing in Arborist on the brooding ‘Living / Dying’. ‘I Heard His Scythe’ continues the trend, bringing in Maija Sofia who adds backing vocals as well as the song’s main refrain, “I heard his scythe whoosh”.
It should be of no great surprise considering Ryan’s producer and musician credits and talents, but ‘I Heard His Scythe’ sounds impeccable. All manner of layers and extra touches add atmosphere to the track’s engine of percussion and resounding, organic bass lines. Perhaps less conceptual than our first taste of SORBET, ‘I Heard His Scythe’ again finds Ryan ruminating on death, and the scythe of the grim reaper which gets closer every year. The accompanying video is directed by Rian Lennon. Capturing the track’s mood, it features Ryan and an intercut feeling of dread.
‘I Heard His Scythe’ is taken from SORBET’s debut album This Was Paradise, released this June.