If…, is the debut solo album from Bill Ryder-Jones
, out now. If… was recorded to soundtrack Italo Calvino’s meditation on writing in the post modernist novel If On A Winters Night A Traveller and lays out grand orchestral movements side by side with stark, nakedly emotional vocal led pieces that weave a bleak but beautifully visceral accompanying narrative.
Ryder-Jones left The Coral after the fifth studio album Roots & Echoes, on which his arrangements hinted at a deeper and spectacular compositional talent. If… has since provided the framework necessary for Ryder-Jones to explore his musical potency in full detail.