Over the last decade Traster has established himself as a true songwriter’s songwriter. Despite flying relatively under the radar, Ryan has toured extensively around the world as a solo artist and sideman, landing numerous radio and television spots, international press, and performances/collaborations with noted artists along the way.

2019 looks to be a breakout year for the songsmith, with the slated release of his second full length album (and sixth solo release overall) Choses Obscures. The title is a French term that translates directly as “obscure things”, with a meaning that implies a sort of “dark energy”.

On the surface the record has an insouciant late 60’s/early 70’s cosmic country feel, straight from Laurel Canyon or The Haight. Heavily influenced by songwriters like Skip Spence, Bert Jansch, and Judee Sill. Upon closer listen it becomes clear that the intent of these songs is not quite as equable. There is a murky stream of consciousness lyricism throughout that gives this album its namesake. Born from the subconscious in troubled times, both personally and globally.

Choses Obscures was recorded by Ryan Traster and Kris Johnson in St. Paul, MN and Vancouver, WA.

The album was mixed by Ed Ackerson (Joseph Arthur, Jayhawks, Replacements) at Flowers Studio in Minneapolis.

Release date TBA (2019)


Ryan Traster – Vocals, Acoustic Guitars, and Bass

Michael McGarthwaite – Electric and Slide Guitars

Nick Johnson – Bass and Vocals

Alexander Young – Drums

Peter Anderson – Drums

Savannah Smith – Vocals

Willie Wisely – Vocals

Ed Ackerson – Mellotron