You Know Who You Are – Ryan Chernin
The appropriately-entitled “You Know Who You Are,” is the recently released full-length LP from New York artist, Ryan Chernin. Having already previously released some singles from it, this is the end-result of a fine piece of debut work with Saturday Night Live guitarist, Jered Scharff, also featuring Bekon & Evelyn Horan. The album waste’s not time getting underway on “Accessories” being the first impression to pass with flying colors factor, is an Alternative Indie Rock gem that follows a narrative pace with an almost western appeal to it, even with the explicit lyrics that take nothing away from the first cut.
The spooky ambience of “The Song Song” is up next with yet another super likeable number, also containing some harsh lyrics. It’s nothing to mention really because Ryan Chernin can sing with a vitality unlike most by switching it up between witty lyrics and various vocal dynamics when least expected on a percussive-heavy track about shifting points of view. But then the tempo changes in a lighthearted direction on “Look Right” which seems to be the most Indie-Folk and even Pop drenched number on offer, although an afterthought at this point but it helps to point out the flow of the album, thus far.
The next number is called “Face Time” and it’s a mix of the various lighter ideas between the tracks which tend to have a little something for everyone, written and played by the brilliant musicians and singers featured. At this point the music gets both more serious and playful at the same time on “The Ballad Of Bo(The Stormchaser) and it goes to show all of Chernin’s marvelous musical characteristics. It’s another very well-crafted number with as much going for it as anything on “You Know Who You Are,” and that includes all twelve excellent songs which is putting it lightly, to be honest.
“Dangerous Game(feat. Evelyn Horan)” is where things begin to change dramatically as the collaborations start to surface on the album with a full circle outcome as the first vocal duet with Evelyn Horn marks a departure from the previous tracks. Make no mistake this stands up to any track on the album, including the great opener. “Locomotion” is a shining example of how fun-loving Chernin’s songs are, as it clearly harks back to the 80s and even 90s. These two tracks subsequently play together in seamless fashion before things once again change up in direction, but this time more drastically.
“Quasi” is the ultimate track in question and a discussion piece all its own for that matter, but it stands out on its own two feet more than any other number on the album and does so in a huge way. This is a shoe-in for a single as it every note of it begs to be discovered as they play like magic all over it and complement it with the last two numbers. “The Drought(feat. Bekon)” can be found on video for some time now, but if you like that you’ll be won over just as much with the closing number “Sweetie(feat. Evelyn Horan & Bekon)” although they’re nothing whatsoever alike. The former is also noted for its orchestration and complex arrangement on a full throttle release.