Fear Rua is Dylan Murphy, a multi-instrumentalist born and raised in Bristol, RI. Now residing in the nearby town of Warren, Dylan uses Fear Rua to create ambient, psychedelic soundscapes inspired by artists such as Brian Eno, Miles Davis, and the Grateful Dead. However, the intense, glitchy electronic synthesis that characterizes the Fear Rua sound has been likened to the music of artists such as Aphex Twin and the avant-pop collective The Residents.
Past Fear Rua projects include the psychedelic tone poem “Broad Humanity”, inspired by a Walt Whitman quote; Emotional Snapshots, an improvised collaboration with guitarist Max Warden; the Piano Album, which presents improvised yet concise acoustic piano compositions; and several long form ambient pieces, including “Faith”, Again for Now, and “Amnesia Haze”.
Several Fear Rua projects will be released in the near future, including the album Bit/Drone Music and the Crosswalks EP. Both represent a shift away from ambient instrumental tracks and toward a more conventional amalgamation of rock, hip-hop, and jazz.