Ryal

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Ryal singer/songwriter is Jacque Ryal’s eponymous story of self-discovery and finding ones own rhythm. Time Out NY calls Jacque Ryal the “angelic-voice keyboardist of atmospheric indie pop outfit Strip Darling”, but she now takes a dive into a deeper whisper and shout with a genre labeled as “disco pop”.

Ryal was created after Strip Darling went on a self-prescribed hiatus right after their second Highline Ballroom show, roughly 2 years after their debut LP, Mend was released. The break prompted an outpour of pop songs at Ryal’s musical home base, The Music Building. Ryal states, “it was time to stop, break musical habits, redefine what I want, let the band redefine what they want and discovered, for me, it is time to reinvent, dance, wear pink lipstick and use hairspray again”.

Ryal released single, City Lives, produced by Aaron Nevezie of The Bunker Studios in August 2014. Music Times calls City Lives, a notable departure from Ryal’s moody Strip Darling, inspires comparisons to LCD Sound System, Blondie, The Pretenders and everything disco.

City Lives has been in rotation in Abercrombie and Fitch Stores nationwide and will be playing in Forever 21 stores beginning February 1, 2015.

The single was coupled with a release of a music video which The Wild Honey Pie calls “Endlessly Entertaining” and says “A debut like this one goes to show that not only is Ryal too damn cool, but that she could easily be pop royalty”.

The video was created in strong collaboration with The Music Building, the historic music rehearsal studio where Madonna got her start, as well as designer vintage brand PinkClouds, and was shot by director, photographer and performance artist Rachel Brennecke.

With a nod to the past, but an eye on the future, the sound of Ryal will clearly have fans looking forward.

 

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