I will admit, I was apprehensive when I saw this cover was tagged “electronic” on Soundcloud. The Flamingos’ “I Only Have Eyes For You” is a song that depends on soul and emotion, and I could just picture someone stripping it of all its tenderness with half-assed synths and an overbearing four-on-the-floor beat. Thankfully, I needn’t have worried. Though there may be a synthetic instrument or two in here, RYNO’s cover is all soul.
RYNO is the latest project from singer Ryan Doyle, the new moniker a grade school nickname. He first tasted success when his hometown of Buffalo banded together to help him and his brother win a contest to open a show for Paul McCartney in 2010. RYNO is more electronic pop than the Doyle Brothers were, but on his new Flamingos cover he blends his love for radio-friendly hooks with a heavy dose of blue-eyed soul crooning. Listen exclusively below.
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