Ryan Hemsworth
Guilt Trips


3.0
good

Review

by Vincent A. USER (10 Reviews)
October 22nd, 2013 | 20 replies


Release Date: 10/22/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Ryan Hemsworth's debut finds him more comfortable taking on a traditional producers role, yet struggling to establish textured electronic soundscapes.

In the last few years, artists including Grimes, Crystal Castles, Purity Ring, Doldroms, and Caribou (to name just a few) have emerged out of the burgeoning Canadian indie-electronic scene. Ryan Hemsworth is the latest Canadian to gather some buzz in the states, and thanks to the success of his contemporaries as well as his own success with remixes, singles, and an EP- his debut album Guilt Trips has garnered a respectable level of pre-release hype.

Stylistically, Hemsworth is reliant on traditional notions of beat-driven hip-hop more so than any of the aforementioned artists, and as such, Guilt Trips can often sound much like a beat tape rather than a full-fledged LP. Much of the tracks feature a trap inspired aesthetic as well as drum and bass that, due to its precedence within the mix, tends to dilute the record’s subtleties and sonic nuances. “Ryan Must Be Destroyed” begins by showcasing what appears to be a highly original sonic palette, yet eventually has more in common with the work of an amateur producer thanks to its preset drum beat and irritating, un-modulated vocal samples. Similarly, “Avec Vous” rarely transcends beyond the realm of your average, generic hip-hop instrumental, and fails to engage for much of its four-minute plus run time.

Yet, there are a comparable number of instances on the record where Hemsworth reaches the high level of potential that his remixes and EPs promised. Most notable is the effective usage of the record’s many guest spots, like on lead single “Against the Wall,” where sampled vocals, twinkling piano keys and a perpetual sense of movement construct what is easily the album’s crowning aural achievement. On the low-key ballad “Still Cold,” Will Wiesenfeld of Baths fame pairs his witty lyricism with a sentimental instrumental that could have easily been stretched across another minute or two in length. Similarly, the R&B influenced “One For Me” is an example of a traditional tune that, paired with pleasant vocals from artist Tinashe, benefits from Hemsworth’s singular production style.

It could be considered slightly concerning that the strongest tracks on Guilt Trips recruit outside artists and find Ryan Hemsworth carrying out the more traditional producer role. Yet, it is also important to keep in mind that this is indeed a debut album, and as such, some confusion over sonic identity is to be expected. While several of the electronic cuts on Guilt Trips feel a tad flat and uninspired, there are enough confident, inventively produced tracks on display for Hemsworth to be considered yet another promising Canadian musical prospect.



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Pavelboca
October 22nd 2013


82 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Pretty average album! Worth a listen though.

Stream:
http://pitchfork.com/advance/255-guilt-trips/

sniper
October 22nd 2013


19080 Comments


his work with rappers is so dope.

good review, btw.

brandontaylor
October 22nd 2013


84 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

should I check this out or are there albums/EPs by him that are better? good review btw

Pavelboca
October 22nd 2013


82 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I say check it out- it might resonate more with others than it did with me. His EP Still Awake is free to stream and is just
as good/maybe marginally better.

EaglesBecomeVultures
October 22nd 2013


5266 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

dude sweet review. this is decent, his stuff is always listenable but often forgettable, nothing that really hits tho

Digging: Dean Blunt - Black Metal

sniper
October 22nd 2013


19080 Comments


http://greenovamusic.bandcamp.com/track/nights-like-thiz-ft-western-tink

track rules

djunior
October 22nd 2013


816 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I like some of his older material, but this is incredibly uninteresting.

Digging: Kiasmos - Kiasmos

EaglesBecomeVultures
October 22nd 2013


5266 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

chuck 2'd this because hemsy makes his girl wet

chitownflip
October 22nd 2013


173 Comments


Only thing I enjoyed from him was his dj mix. Everything he does lacks...

Digging: Lil Ugly Mane - THE WEEPING WORM

IsItHype
October 22nd 2013


7 Comments


Well-written, man. Looking forward to giving this a listen.

oltnabrick
October 22nd 2013


31274 Comments


wonder what chuck rated this


edit: nm he 2d it lol funny shit

Digging: Akys - Sugelti Juodakmiai

guitarded_chuck
October 22nd 2013


3273 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

hahahahah fuckkkkkk

EaglesBecomeVultures
October 22nd 2013


5266 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I FUCKED YO BITCH NIGGA
I FUCKED YO BITCH

oltnabrick
October 22nd 2013


31274 Comments


- Ryan Hemsworth

guitarded_chuck
October 22nd 2013


3273 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

i guess that's just the motion*~~~

Wildorwhat
October 23rd 2013


88 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Best hip-hop instrumentals since Clams Casino's mixtape. Way more interesting than Friendzone's stuff as well.

oltnabrick
October 23rd 2013


31274 Comments


...............wut.................

guitarded_chuck
October 23rd 2013


3273 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

that you ry ry

Pavelboca
October 23rd 2013


82 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Glad to see some score distribution- at least it suggests its worth a listen

chitownflip
October 23rd 2013


173 Comments


Do you even listen, I mean liisssssten, to friendzone/clams?



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