Illoin (aka Andrew Ryan) is a hybrid music project from Philadelphia, PA which utilizes accordion, live drums, sequenced electronics, pianos, vibraphones, organs, and sparse vocals to create dynamic emotional electronic music. While all the sounds suggest a simple tinkering, something happening just under a sheet of roaring noise, the music remains quite subtle. Drums click, clack and stutter beneath pillows while bass melodies squeeze their way out.
The recording "Pinafore", a careful synthesis of IDM beats and watery guitars, is a stark and simultaneously lush collection of songs. Illoin's work suggests dreamlike states through its alternating warm and chilling currents of sound. The cozy atmospheres of this instrumental sleep pop gets charged up a notch with the incessant pitter-patter of beats. Described as downtempo synthesis, the poppy melodies blend with sputtering percussion to paint a blue-tinted sonic landscape.
His last live shows as illoin were a series of works for sitar and laptop in 2006. Currently he is 1/3 of the band Ravens and Vultures which continues with many of the musical themes Andrew Ryan started with Pinafore.