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Blow Away

by Rayon

Swirling/ ethereal/ psychedelic/ jangling pop with hypnotic textured. Los Angeles-based band Rayon releases there first EP. Released Date: June 1st 2004.
Genre: Rock: Psychedelic
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1. Don't Worry
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Rayon n. (ra-on) - A synthetic fabric made of cellulose fibers. Textile favored by clothing designers for constructing Hawaiian print shirts and 1970s-era "glam" fashions.

Rayon n. (ra-on) - An emerging L.A.-based band that combines diverse musical styles to create hypnotic, textured and melodic guitar rock.


REVIEWS | BIO |

Los Angeles Times

Wrapped in Rayon:
Rayon can thank Echo and the Bunnymen guitarist Will Sergeant for its name. After opening for the British band a couple of years ago, Walter Ensign expressed bewilderment about the band's name. "Why don't you call your band Rayon?" Ensign remembers Sergeant telling him. "It's one word, and it sounds British." And it stuck.

Though the name suggests Ensign's trio sounds synthetic, Rayon is anything but. With the frontman's flanged vocals poking through lush guitars, Rayon's music seems as organic as an ocean swell. "We're still trying to define" the sound, Ensign says, "but I love layers, even if it's just to experiment. Layers of strings, layers of guitars ... I like doing trippy things."

Rayon's live set offers some neck-snapping surges. It figures to get even stronger with the addition of drummer Brian Keats to a lineup that includes peripatetic bassist Mimi Star.

Kevin Bronson
"Buzz Bands"
March 10, 2005
Las Vegas Review Journal

The excellent band Rayon plays the Cooler Lounge. The Los Angeles psychedelic band's ambient rock music has etchings from the pop-melody past in it (ELO, George Harrison). But it does have a contemporary, almost trip hop sound.

Doug Elfman
December 4, 2004

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Pasadena Weekly

Listening to the indie-Rockers of RAYON, It's hard not to think of time travel:
They roll from heavily textured 80s rock a la New order into melodically sweeping, jingle-jangling '60s psychedelic.

The Daily Online Californian
Online Exclusive: Music Review
Thursday, September 16, 2004
Rayon - Blow Away

The Daily Online Californian "Rayon's first EP is an impressive debut, and if it's any indication of future productions, Rayon will be a band to watch." The Daily Online Californian" Read Entire Review

BIO

Since Walter Ensign formed RAYON in 2001, the Los Angeles-based band has steadily built a growing fan base drawn to its incredibly layered and hypnotic sound. While the instrumentation is unique, it clearly has its roots in the sounds of iconic English rockers ranging from Echo & The Bunnymen to Joy Division, with a bit of The Who thrown in for good measure.

In fact, it was Echo & The Bunnymen guitarist Will Sergeant who suggested the name RAYON. He told Walter backstage following an Echo concert, "Why don't you call your new band 'Rayon,' like your shirt? It's one word and it sounds British." Walter liked the sound of it, and the name stuck.

In 2004, Walter Ensign, released his first EP called "Blow Away" featuring the song "Don't worry" Songs from this 5 Song EP were featured in films “The Job” starring Daryl Hannah (released in early 2004) - features “I’m Not Walking” from the "Blow Away" EP.

Magazine review:
UNDER THE RADAR MAGAZINE (06-01-2004)
ROAD SHOW MAGAZINE - Japan (07-20-2004)

Recordings:
Blow Away - 5 Song EP (Made of This Music June 2004)
Available at Amoeba Records in Hollywood and San Francisco, Virgin Records on Sunset and Tower Records on Sunset.

Songs in Independent Films:
"The Job" starring Daryl Hannah (released in early 2004)
features "I'm Not Walking" from the Rayon EP

"The Hollow" starring Nick Carter and Kaley Cuoco (Released October 2004)
features four RAYON songs

"Street Riot" Globe the World Cup Skateboarding DVD

More information about RAYON, including samples from the new recordand show dates, is available at www.rayonmusic.com

For press information, rayon's one sheet or for general information please contact: info@rayonmusic.com


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I AM KATE MOSS!!!!

I stumbled across this music...
I LOVE THIS LIFE and with bands like RAYON around it just keeps getting better! ~ BIG KISS, Kate!

The Daily Californian

I resent how pretentious indie music fans are
Rayon - Blow Away

I resent how pretentious indie music fans are. We pride ourselves on discovering fresh underground music untainted by popularity, smugly applauding ourselves for appreciating music too complex for the masses. The Los Angeles-based band Rayon has just put out their first EP, titled "Blow Away," and I’m almost reluctant to give it a positive review because I know this is precisely the material indie enthusiasts love to champion.

But the part of me that can’t turn my back on good music always wins, so here it is: Rayon’s first EP is an impressive debut, and if it’s any indication of future productions, Rayon will be a band to watch.

Rayon received their name from guitarist Will Sergeant of British post-punk band Echo and the Bunnymen. Sergeant suggested naming the group after the fabric, saying "It’s one word and sounds British." Rayon guitarist/vocalist Walter Ensign decided he liked what Rayon stood for, and the Bunnymen’s profound influence upon Rayon can be heard throughout the EP.

Echo and the Bunnymen serve as a good starting point for Rayon: if the Bunnymen are post-punk, Rayon is the next step in the progression, mimicking the dark guitars and moaning vocals of the Bunnymen, but diverging with a fluid, hypnotic bass line and atmospheric tone. The potent, dark undertones of songs like "Don’t Worry" are beautifully highlighted by bassist Mimi Star, who purportedly jams with an intensity that doesn’t match her diminutive stature.

The EP is not without its flaws, and Rayon still needs to learn a thing or two about creating songs that can stand independent of each other. But the jagged, yet surprisingly comforting quality of Ensign’s Lennon-esque voice carries over the whole of the album, making it well worth your while. Rayon makes music that moves, and this is motion in which it is easy to lose oneself.


— Angeline Baecker

meg

2 very enthusiastic thumbs up
It's an indulgent moment for me to listen to this EP, for it is simply good music, i can't wait for a more fleshy album release in the near future. It's certainly to my delectation and it certainly leaves you with a moreish after taste.

meg (australia)

Keith

This is a great start!
This is a short introduction to Rayon. I really wish I lived in the LA area so I could check 'em out live but this ep is satisfying me until the full length gets released. Stand out tracks for me include Gave You Up and So Well. Plus the band members seem pretty cool and down to earth. Let's hope they get big so they can tour all over!!!

Eric Fine

I love this EP so much I deflowered it!
Wow I love these guys! This CD is like an orgasm for the ears. I really hope Rayon makes some more stuff and I hope even more for a tour! So if you are a music lover pick the EP up you won't regret it!