Word of Ryan Farish's music spread like wildfire, causing an astounding million-plus downloads on the MP3.com site, all before a formal release was issued. BEAUTIFUL presents Farish in his first outing for the Capitol Records subsidiary Neurodisc. Here, he sticks to his proven formula of pastoral synth and tight drum work, the very things that made him an independent success. Farish handles all the keyboards and programming while cohort Mike Daniels appears on cello throughout. The opener, "Sunshine in the Rain," places meandering piano figures against confident breakbeats. "Full Sail" unfurls a driving rhythm amidst ethereal, Enya-esque voices.
"Everlasting" begins with methodical percussion and opens into a serene flute landscape. Ryan Farish's BEAUTIFUL manages to be both introspective and challenging, proof of his emerging talents.