Rory Ryan – “Keeping My Mind Quiet”


Fusing ’70s songwriting inspiration with modern psychedelia, “Keeping My Mind Quiet” is a hypnotic psych-pop success from Rory Ryan, an artist from Galway, Ireland. Per Ryan, the track “details an inner discussion of someone with a somewhat anxious mind who is trying to find a way to silence unpleasant thoughts.”

Retrospective vocals complement an earnest lyrical focus — “thinking of the things I should have done, thinking of the person I’ve become,” — amidst a hazy bass bounce and flickering synth-laden enthusiasm. The title-referencing hook leads into a soaring guitar line that excels, emphasizing the track’s strongly melodic hold and compelling yearning for peace and a greater sense of sanity.

Coming from Ryan’s forthcoming debut album, out later this year, “Keeping My Mind Quiet” was mixed by Sean Cook and mastered by Jason Mitchell.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of November 2022’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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