One of my favorite feelings is listening to a new artist and immediately being drawn in by their sound, which was the case with my first listen to “The World Is Real” EP by Beak Nasty. Ryland Sabien is not only a producer, but a multi-instrumentalist, combining his talents in both digital and analog medias.
Perhaps the bitter cold of a Wisconsin winter inspired his warm and soulful sound, but he’s certainly been studying his craft as well, attending McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, Minnesota since the age of 17. That’s not to pigeonhole him, however, Sabien keeps you on your toes, sampling and remixing everything from Snoop Dogg to the Allman Brothers. In a scene that has become arguably over-saturated, Beak Nasty keeps his sound fresh and original, continuously proving his proficiency with his work.
The EP starts off with smooth jazz, topped with creamy bass by a young musician named DeCarlo Jackson, also featured on “While You’re Here…”. “Extra Guac” features a bright trumpet that’s quickly accompanied by a heavy, fluid bassline. The track resembles something of a dark circus, as I was half-expecting Johnny Depp to show up in his top hat and tails as a Mad Hatter-esque ring master. It’s an excellent start to a stellar album.
“Imperfect World” is probably my favorite track on the EP. It begins deep and ethereal, suddenly tripping into a heavy bassline. The whole way through your head is completely encompassed, taking the journey along with the beats. Sabien also combines his love of hip-hop by dropping a sample of Dr. Dre’s “Still D.R.E.,” so really, how can you not love this track?
Beak Nasty has been working hard for only being 21. Between his prolific skills in instrumentation, and his eclectic taste in music, Ryland Sabien has begun to find his voice as a producer. He is downtempo but uplifting, old school funk but futuristic, melodious but bass-heavy. “The World Is Real” is a fantastic collection of Beak Nasty’s range, showing that no genre can contain his creative mind. By no means should you limit yourself to his newest release, however, Sabien has been creating great tracks for years now. You can catch him on Soundcloud, Facebook, and Twitter!