A 1980’s commercial slogan asserted, “We do more before 9:00 AM than most people do all day.” We cannot attest to that, but the song “New Ground” does more before 2:00 than most albums do throughout their tracks. Those 120 seconds of Cyrus Reynolds’ song glide above a varied sonic landscape, caress a lyrical optimism, and fashion a slow building crescendo that suddenly accelerates into thunderous percussion. Reynolds applied his talent for contemporary composition to his passion for classical orchestral sensibilities and released a single with a sophistication that is rare in the Indie Universe.
“New Ground” is one of six tracks on the EP “Love in a Perfect Vacuum.” We enjoy “Finder” at least as much as “New Ground,” so both are embedded in this post. The EP was released via Killer Tracks. Both Cyrus Reynolds and Killer Tracks are based in Los Angeles, as are the vocalists Chamois (for “New Ground”) and Folial (for “Finder”). On the other hand, the EP was recorded in London. With the help of members of the London Contemporary Orchestra, a full orchestra was available at AIR Lyndhurst Studios. Reynolds explains:
"It was a dream being out there to record, but the harsh reality of choosing that path was returning home and editing takes and stems for weeks, along with the self-doubt of, 'Is this going to mean anything? But like anything, you make something and then move on because once it's out, it's not yours anymore.”
Reynolds' ties to London go back to his musical education. He is a classically trained composer, having studied at Royal Academy of Music. He is now an electronic sound designer who heavily draws from that education while creating his own sound.