Roll on 2016.

2015 has been a very challenging, intense and ultimately rewarding year for Eden Shadow. All centrally involved around writing the second album, and with the departure of Tom Burgess, there has been quite a significant transitory phase into the next creative steps.

The second album has been tough but profoundly rewarding experience and I am proud of it. It is a grande and ambitious record that took some real determination to get through writing and arranging it. However, in the fall of this year, the majority of the album was recorded featuring new drummer Aled Lloyd and a very talented team of musicians, engineers and artists. Things are now moving towards post-production with a release date set for 2016.

All I can say for now is that I look forward to the finishing stages of this album in the coming weeks, and sharing the music, the concepts and stories with you in the not too distant future.

Happy New Year,

Ryan

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Eden Shadow Album 2 in Progress

This year has been rather busy musically speaking with being involved in two shamelessly self indulgent projects writing two shamelessly self indulgent albums with The Kinky Wizzards and of course Eden Shadow.
Regarding the latter, the second album has been without doubt, the most challenging, ambitious music I’ve yet to compose and throughout the year it has taken month after month to carefully outline the detail that each track has (as well as practising things that I couldn’t initially play!) to get it ready for final recording.
From next month, the album is scheduled for recording, mixing and mastering and will have a release date set for early next year, with a single to be released a little before then.
A couple of further updates, this album will be featuring a new drummer who will be announced in the next couple of weeks. There is a plethora of talented individuals I have the real privilege of having in the team for this record, of which one or two names even may be very familiar with the older prog fans. I am desperate to spread the news but will abstain for the time being!
In the meantime, you can expect regular updates regarding the progress of the album with details to be revealed over the next few months.

Looking forward to sharing the new music with you!

Ryan

Photo taken by Rhiannon Buckle

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Kinky Wizzards release new video featuring Eden Shadow’s Ryan Elliott

Whilst thing have been dormant with Eden Shadow as we continue our progress with our second album. Ryan has been keeping busy venturing another project, The Kinky Wizzards.

This is an instrumental trio comprising of Ryan, and brothers Mathew Griffiths and Jonathan Griffiths, who are currently writing an album.

The following video is a live presentation of the first three tracks that they have written.

1.)Caffeine Overdose

2.)Kinky Joe from Mexico’s Burritos

3.)Done with this Place

Merry Christmas from Eden Shadow

The festive period has indeed crept upon us unsuspectingly. It is crazy to think that this time a year ago, I was frantically arranging the pressing and release of ‘Phases’. The year that has followed, has indeed been an intense ride of seeing the album sell in five continents, communicating with people all over the world about music, finishing a degree and returning to Cardiff to continue investing my time in a myriad of new things and looking to the future with a strong sense of optimism. 

First of all, I would like to thank every one who has embraced Eden Shadow as a band, listened to what we do, bought our album and got in touch. It’s been an absolute pleasure to speak with so many people who have such a passion for music and I am honoured that there are people out there tuning into our music and enjoying it. 

I am also pleased to announce that I’m graduating from the Academy Of Contemporary music with a first class honours. I spent a lot of this year working on my dissertation and this involved creating an entire master score for ‘Hallucinogen’. I look to publish this for release at some point along with other tracks off the album.

As was announced earlier this year, Eden Shadow is very much in the process of writing the second album. I have spent the last few months of this year planning and arranging everything and we are going into full production with the album in the new year. 

Besides my work with Eden Shadow, I am thrilled to say that I am in the beginnings of new collaborations and projects. Many I dare not fully mention of yet, but the new year promises to be a prolific one. In the meantime, one of the projects I can announce is that I have nearly finished a jazz album for publishing company Lark Recordings. The following is a recording of one of my favourite jazz standards, Beautiful Love. 


Finally, I would like to wish everyone celebrating it a very merry Christmas and most certainly a prosperous new year! 

Onwards with making music happen! 

Ryan 


Some of my favourite things from the year

Albums

Imogen Heap – Sparks 
Opeth – Pale Communion 
Michael Casswell – Complaints about the noise
Paulo Nutini – Caustic Love
Mogwai – Rave Tapes 
My Brightest Diamond – this is my hand

Films

Mr. Turner 
Guardians of the Galaxy
Interstellar
Wolf of Wall Street

TV Series

Game of Thrones Season 4 
Penny Dreadful