Review

Ryno Theron expertly sculpts acoustic soundscapes in his Howling Rush album

Here’s a sonic journey which which is built as much for ambient reclining as it is for the low key dancefloor.

Durban-hailing Ryno Theron’s second full-length album, Howling Rush swings from acoustic psych rock through to funk-infused jazz, with a stripped ballad or two thrown in for good measure.

It’s framed on both sides with elongated 9 minute tracks kicking it off and wrapping it up respectively (see the slow burn ambiance of “Burdens” and the lashing of synth and sax which flesh out “Tsakane”) – while the middle ground is a prolonged jam session of a crafted soundscape.

Fingerstyle guitar intricacies – the sort we’ve reveled over through Guy Buttery and Steve Newman – are rife and fill every available gap. Whining electric guitar lines provide a counterpart crunch. Acoustic rock forays whip the album’s energy up (“INS” and “Achlys”), fine-tuned acoustics and silvery synths bring it right down again (“Slow Burning Fire” and “Different Everytime”) – while a dose of electronic beats turn “Sparks” into an unexpectedly progressive acoustic dance track.

Pillared by textures which almost hark of an era gone by, Ryno Theron has proven just what acoustic music can really be.