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Ryan Auffenberg


  1. 1.
    Dizzy Spells
  2. 2.
    Missouri in the Morning
  3. 3.
    Under All the Bright Lights
  4. 4.
    Never Let You Go
  5. 5.
    Siren Song
Going solo can often be a massive undertaking for a musician, requiring him to not only ditch his comfort zone to explore new sounds without the regular crew, but also to carry the emotional weight of redefining who he is as an artist.
Luckily for Ryan Auffenberg, going his own way with the new album Daisy Chain is simply a return to his roots.
Over the course of a few years he built a gentle, meticulous Americana gem, the sort of song cycle that sounds great any time of day.
One thing he had in mind when setting out to design Daisy Chain was handling all aspects of the record: producing, engineering, and playing every instrument. In the studio, he effectively jammed with himself, starting with a guitar or piano anchor before layering on what each track asked for. In lieu of bandmates, he ended up being guided by the musicians he adores, regardless of whether their sound has any relation to his. That’s how everyone from The xx to The Head & The Heart to jazz greats like Chet Baker had an influence on the final product. Closer to his own understated elegance, Kings Of Convenience and José González also played a role.
Flying solo has created a bit of a musical daisy chain for Auffenberg, and the process of circling back to where it all started has only emboldened his commitment to the craft. Daisy Chain proves that when you get down to it, great music is all about the song.


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