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  • Summary: This is the two piece release from the collaboration between the percussion project led by John Colpitts (also known as Kid Millions) and New York percussion quartet, So Percussion.
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  1. Apr 25, 2014
    80
    Where 2012's Pansophical Cataract was a bit of a meditative blur, Ryonen is more like an adrenaline hit, pumped with rushing rhythms that get the heart hammering against the ribcage.
  2. Apr 29, 2014
    80
    Its beauty is multivalent: while the music is made of constant motion, it creates an utterly still space in the listener, who can not only eventually recognize its numerous patterns emerging and dissipating, but can follow them down through various levels of consciousness as they resonate inside and outside the body.
  3. Magnet
    Apr 25, 2014
    80
    The record's two pieces are fields of rhythm that seem to pull away from your reach like a curtain blowing in a breeze, yet swing back to knock you on your ass. [No. 208, p.57]
  4. Apr 25, 2014
    80
    The energy ebbs and flows between these two poles, so that intellectual inquiry becomes a gateway towards straight-on freakery, and wild intuitive leaps make sense of complex formulae.
  5. 70
    Man Forever harnesses the power of repetitive drumbeat-drills and the misdirection of some innocuous silence and droning vocals to create a sort of synesthesia, blurring the lines between each piece’s individual components with clarity as yet unheard within Man Forever’s canon.
  6. Apr 25, 2014
    68
    Ryonen is an engaging first strike.