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FEB040: “REXROTH” by Ry Smith

Ry Smith is the musical mastermind behind the once-prolific Long Island folk-pop band Eastern Phoebes. February Records released the Phoebes’ 2011 EP Gypsy Paw. Now, since relocating to Rhode Island, Ry is making music on his own, churning out solo pop gems with a slightly darker tone. REXROTH is a self-proclaimed “record about sadness,” tackling so many of the twists and turns of life.

The 13-song pay-what-you-want download comes with an exclusive interview with Ry.

FEB027: “Gypsy Paw” by Eastern Phoebes

Eastern Phoebes began as the home recording project of a Long Island, NY, couple: multi-instrumentalist/producer Ry Smith and holistic health guru Meg Bayley.

In January 2010, Ry started recording songs he had been writing in their loft apartment. He asked Meg to help sing and clap on a bunch of tunes, and the band was formed.

Eastern Phoebes released their self-titled five-track EP that summer — a CD-R in a handmade cardboard envelope with artwork by Andy Drake. A second EP, “Rods of Energy,” was released digitally in December of the same year. Through the group’s alternative means of self-promotion (random endearing posts on Craigslist), the EP began to attract listeners both regionally and nationally. In February 2011, Ry and Meg recorded “Wampum,” their debut full-length. Written and recorded entirely within the month, the album was he band’s entry for the RPM Challenge (http://rpmchallenge.com). It was released on March 1st as a free digital download. Recently, Ry and Meg joined forces with two of their dearest friends, guitarist/bassist Rick Kattermann and drummer Frank Filipo, to create the performing version of Eastern Phoebes.

“Gypsy Paw” offers 5 sunny folk-pop tunes that are catchy and charming. Eastern Phoebes have a way of being touching and comical in the same breath.

RIYL: One Happy Island, Beulah, Fruit Bats, The Boy Least Likely To, Andrew Bird

Exclamation Point, Period:

These tunes are the kind that power up the sun and make the snow melt.


Eastern Phoebes have pieced together a release to rival the lighter moments of Beulah, the catchier pop side of Michael Nau and the early days of Elephant 6.

The Lucid Listener:

Give them a cramped room full of random forgotten instruments, and they will give you an album full of love, humility and maybe even a cup of hot herbal tea.