Scott von Ryper (The Jesus and Mary Chain/Black Ryder) makes his solo debut with an LP entitled Dream State Treasure (due October 15 via Tran-si-ent Records and in conjunction with SilverDoor Music), and today, he shares its second single, “Over & Over”.
Primarily recorded and mixed in his home studio between 2018 – 2020, von Ryper utilized the break from touring and isolation in 2020 to explore sonic themes that he had experimented with early in his career when still recording on a 4-track, but just now producing them on a much grander scale, playing most of the instruments, recording, producing and mixing the majority of the record himself, with additional recording from Los Angeles engineer Norm Block, who also played drums on the record.
The title, Dream State Treasure, is partly an acknowledgment of that fact that elements of the album came to von Ryper whilst dreaming. “I recall at least two occasions where I awoke out of a dream and went directly to the studio to record or completely change songs. “Goodnight, Goodbye” was a complete song that came that way, and “The Devil’s Son,” was one where I simply awoke with a clear understanding on how to rearrange & reproduce an existing song that I was struggling with. What I awoke with in my mind was a much slower, more soulful song, and played on piano, not guitar. This reinvented version then formed a sonic bond with two other existing songs, and became the essence of the entire record to me. I honestly think it was the track that made me fully realize that I now had the album I wanted to make.”