Review: Ronjo V’s Ronjoism


It’s interesting to me how invasive music can be. How creative. How personal and involved a good song, beat or rhythm can be. Music truly penetrates the soul and core of who we are as a race and Ronjo V taps into the emotion of it all with their album Ronjoism.   The Austin, Texas based alternative group Ronjo V is made up of Ryan Joseph (vocals, guitars, keys) and Keith Morgan (guitar and bass). 

The industry uses several adjectives to describe Ronjo V. Words like “eclectic”, “haunting” and “nostalgic” are the words that most writers kept coming back to. I would wholeheartedly agree with all three of those choices and I would add three of my own to the chorus of praises; “Crisp”, “Mettlesome” and “Relevant”. Ronjo V’s music is inspired by a free flowing of creativity. It’s inspired. Creating music, much like writing, should be a giving of oneself to the craft. Words seem to flow best when I lend myself to a spirit of yielding awareness and I imagine that any musician worth his/her salt would subscribe to same philosophy. It seems that Ryan Joseph and Keith Morgan, the creative force behind the music, have this idea down to a science. 

Ronjo V “Slo Motion” on Youtube

The overall sound of Ronjo V is difficult to pin down which would make sense as many times as the word “eclectic” made an appearance in reviews. One of the most crucial aspects of a band, in my opinion, are the vocals. What kind of spirit does the lead singer project to the listener? What resonates from the tones behind the voice that stands above all of the instruments? Ryan Joseph puts forth an altogether proportionate amount of emotion and energy with every song on this album. To make comparisons to other vocals in the game, I would put Ryan somewhere in between Thom Yorke of Radiohead and Perry Farrel of Jane’s Addiction. The percussion have a common theme that one could liken to the rolling current of a mighty river. It guides, directs and controls the flow of all of the accompanying sounds. The acoustic guitar and keys are no slouch in Ronjo V’s sound either; especially in the track “Unfriend” which speaks of heartbreak and the end of a relationship (in my mind). It’s my favorite song on the album and is one that everyone can relate to. The bass guitar takes center stage and is a major player in the tracks “Dying Wish” and “Slo Motion”. In “Dying Wish”, the bass guitar makes me think of riding through the desert in a red Eldorado Convertible Cadillac and in “Slo Motion”, it leads me down a path that a lost soul would travel. There are so many components of Ronjo V that make the listener feel a wide range of emotions. It’s a fantastic journey to listen to these guys and I can’t wait to see what they will do next. 

Ronjo V’s Ronjoism on Soundcloud

Listen to three tracks on Ronjoism on Soundcloud.

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