Cycle

Michael Rider

May 13, 2022: Michael Rider (they/them) is a dream pop singer-songwriter and they release their fourth studio album Cycle. The album is partially inspired by their first album Lighthouse passing its ten year anniversary, which was originally released in 2011.

After years of working with several producers to create their last full-length album
May 13, 2022: Michael Rider (they/them) is a dream pop singer-songwriter and they release their fourth studio album Cycle. The album is partially inspired by their first album Lighthouse passing its ten year anniversary, which was originally released in 2011.

After years of working with several producers to create their last full-length album Temptation, Rider decided to take the creative process in a different direction, opting to work in- depth with three collaborators: Brooklyn-based pop artist M the Myth, Voyager Sound Studio’s Nathan Feler, and multi-instrumentalist Richard L. Entrup. Although the majority of the album was made over Zoom, Rider described the process as being “intuitive, seamless, and fun” and calls the record one that made itself.

The album revisits of themes discussed in their previous works, namely their pursuit of healthy relationships, both romantically and with themself. Rider reflects on why they find themself stuck in a cycle of toxicity where they fall into the same kind of destructive love time and time again. The lyrics also delve into the duality present in the different phases of life one encounters and how one must embrace its dialect in order to find balance both internally and externally. “Looking at both sides of the coin gives me the insight to challenge myself and hopefully make a positive personal change.” The track list is a response to itself, with the topics in the first half of the album being reversed in the back half.

The opener Tower is about feeling disconnected from others, while the closer Battle of Heart, is about the discomfort that comes when finally faced with intimacy and vulnerability. This back and forth continues through discussion of the desires and fears that come with love and accepting them. The introspective nature of the project mirrors both Rider’s personal growth and artistic maturity over the past decade, responding to the anger and confusion of their debut work.

Michael Rider (they/them) was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, Rider migrated to New York City on a visual art scholarship in 2013. They played open mics at the Sidewalk Cafe, the birthplace of anti-folk, amongst contemporaries such as Brett Gleason, Siv Disa, and Prince Johnny. Inspired by the work of Tori Amos, Kate Bush, Joni Mitchell, Rider sings of the anxieties of life while mixing the traditional piano of their past with innovative electronic production, creating an ethereal pop experience.
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Me Over All Temptation

Michael Rider

"Me Over All Temptation" is the acoustic version of Michael's third studio album "Temptation." Michael decided to release this "counter-piece" to showcase their songwriting abilities instead of production. All the songs were recorded by Nathan Feler in Voyager Sound studios in Brooklyn, New York in October of 2020.
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Dance With You

Michael Rider

Very excited to announce that in light of Netflix’s film “The Prom” being nominated for a Golden Globe, I covered “Dance With You,” from the show. This project has been on my mind since my friend Maurice Ross recommended I watch the film back and cover the song back in December. The story tells of two girls, Emma and Alyssa, fighting to be allowed
Very excited to announce that in light of Netflix’s film “The Prom” being nominated for a Golden Globe, I covered “Dance With You,” from the show. This project has been on my mind since my friend Maurice Ross recommended I watch the film back and cover the song back in December. The story tells of two girls, Emma and Alyssa, fighting to be allowed to attend their small town, high school prom as an openly gay couple. As a non-binary person, not being comfortable in my skin during this time, I never went to prom. However, I hope my rendition of this beautiful song can inspire you to always follow the path of love: to be proud to love yourself and the one you love.
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Temptation

Michael Rider

“Temptation,” the third studio album from non-binary, dream pop singer-songwriter Michael Rider, is about loving someone that isn’t good for you. On the heels of completing 2016’s “Double Edged” with collaborator Dan Spencer, Rider went straight to work producing their new project, opting for a team to further develop their sound. This extended
“Temptation,” the third studio album from non-binary, dream pop singer-songwriter Michael Rider, is about loving someone that isn’t good for you. On the heels of completing 2016’s “Double Edged” with collaborator Dan Spencer, Rider went straight to work producing their new project, opting for a team to further develop their sound. This extended the duration of the project significantly, ultimately taking four years to complete.

In December 2016, Rider began work with Mike Tierney, a Grammy-nominated producer, but left three years into the project due to artistic differences and the duration of the project itself, and LA-based producer David Mason took the reigns. The stop-go nature of the project was due to the financial difficulties of being an artist in a fast-paced environment in which the arts aren’t held to the same esteem as other occupations, along with creative discrepancies along the way. The final push to finish the album came in October 2018, when Rider began working with Brooklyn pop artist M the Myth and engineer and producer Nathan Feler.

Rider’s creative journey is reflected in the album itself. Similar to the work of Tori Amos, Joni Mitchell, and Imogen Heap, they powerfully illustrate their struggle with hypnotic, minor chords and abstractions. Their rhythm veers from aggressive and moody into a flamboyant, dance floor fantasy. “Temptation” exists to capture and develop mood and disregards traditional structure. “Words have never been my strong suit, but as an artist, I capture emotion with rhythm, sound, and texture,” Rider muses.

The album centers around falling for someone for all the wrong reasons, feeling like a secret in unrequited relationships, and ultimately searching for a fulfilling and healthy love. Rider cited severe emotional pain and turmoil throughout their years as inspiration for the project, struggling to find love while tackling the complexities of gender, sexuality, and artistry in a largely unaccepting society. Although finances served as a detriment and compromising factor throughout production, it was important for them to express their journey and with the support of their team and loved ones, was able to persevere and create a well-rounded and sonically challenging dream pop experience.

Michael Rider was born in Richmond, Virginia and migrated to New York City on a scholarship to the School of Visual Arts. They started performing at the Sidewalk Cafe, revered by the likes of Regina Spektor, The Moody Peaches, and Kimya Dawson. A visual artist as well as a singer-songwriter, they attribute their artistic development to the city, commenting that “[It] taught me that my artistic abilities come with boundaries. Even though living as an artist comes with its challenges, I cannot compromise my well-being. We live in a world where we don’t pay for music, but as an artist I can still thrive by confronting the truth and understanding temptation is an illusion. The key is to love, respect, and value oneself.”

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Double Edged

Michael Rider

Produced by Dan Spencer and Michael Rider
Composed and written by Michael Rider
Guitars performed by Dan Spencer
Vocals, piano, keyboards, drums performed by Michael Rider
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Hidden Treasure

Michael Rider

Michael Rider has been studying music since he was a child growing up in Richmond, VA. He began voice training under Allison Stowers after singing and playing piano since the age of 7.

Upon beginning high school, Rider used his formal training to hone his songwriting craft. The result of this experience was, Lighthouse (2011), his debut album,
Michael Rider has been studying music since he was a child growing up in Richmond, VA. He began voice training under Allison Stowers after singing and playing piano since the age of 7.

Upon beginning high school, Rider used his formal training to hone his songwriting craft. The result of this experience was, Lighthouse (2011), his debut album, produced and recorded independently through his own label, Greenane, under the guidance of Justin Jaro. Combining evocatively honest lyrics with pulsing rhythm that drives the passion behind his words, Rider reaches a place that Youth Rhythm describes as, “like Justin Bieber combined forces with Tori Amos and Fiona Apple.”

Following the release of, Lighthouse, Rider toured the East Coast, opening for Megan McCormick and Rufus Wainwright, while also releasing two music videos, produced by Jaro, Lovely Lady, and Little Spirits.

Rider’s newest release, Hidden Treasure, is a sampler of his next full-length album, expected in 2014. Rider moves in a new direction with this EP, combining his previous training with the help of White Stars Sounds’ Stewart Myers. Under Myer’s eye, who has previously worked with Jason Mraz and Rachael Yamagata, Rider moved away from electronica, fully exploring his confessional songwriting talent, and writing music that was tailor-made for his voice and style of playing. “I wanted to cross into the pop world after Lighthouse. That album was definitely mine, but I still hadn’t found my sound as an artist. I wanted to have something more authentic and truthful to myself. I believe these new songs do just that.”

Sitting behind his grandfather’s old piano in upstate New York in the spring of 2012, Rider began penning the songs that would make up Hidden Treasure, before returning home to Richmond to continue his work. “It was important to me to make these songs more accessible, but never fake. It was a challenge as an artist to be more confessional, yet still accessible and more friendly.”

In the coming year, Rider plans to tour the East Coast, promoting his new work, expanding his touring schedule west, and searching for the right platform on which to release his sophomore album. When he isn’t focusing on his music, Michael is also an established painter, and planning a move from Richmond to New York in the spring of 2013.

-Written by Kaylah Horne

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Lighthouse

Michael Rider

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Music Video "Lovely Lady":
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Music Video "Little Spirits":
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Music Video "Lovely Lady":
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGRB0So1m1c

Music Video "Little Spirits":
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=170GMoHwlQA

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