Daniel Ryan Astley’s time in professional theatre served him well in their baroquely beguiling latest single, College Brain, which sonically sits somewhere between a Kubrick and Hitchcock film score while carrying reminiscences to The Slumber Party Massacre soundtrack.
On the basis of College Brain, the 20-year-old Canadian non-binary artist notably knows just how to build the cinematic tension and keep it running the veins of their orchestral sound. Whether they continue to compose for the airwaves, films or TV, their future will undoubtedly be luminary bright.
College Brain is due for release on March 11th; you can check it out for yourselves by heading over to Daniel Ryan-Astley’s official website.
Review by Amelia Vandergast