Reviews, interviews, and other press.


If you keep your imagination open, songs can come from the darndest places — like a cuckoo clock

That’s the case with “Fulcrum Chalet,” one of the highlights from the new EP from Ryan Hoffman and the Pioneers that sounds a bit like the New Pornographers unplugged. - more at Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

…exquisitely textured Hoffman & the Pioneers’ synth-folk release, “In the Alps”

Hip stuff, but accessible and alluring, too, in a Fleet Foxes kind of way, with dual male and female vocals. - more at Beaver County Times

The world pauses a bit when Ryan Hoffman and the Pioneers play ‘Fulcrum Chalet

What a glorious friend. Get familiar. It’s comfy. - more at Come Here Floyd

…discover a new band that is making a splash in the thriving indie scene…

Head for the United States, especially the city of Pittsburgh, [to find] Ryan Hoffman and the Pioneers, or for the intimate RH + Pioneers - more at Djolo

RH Pioneers' folk grandeur of "Underground" from the "In The Alps" EP

Underground by Pittsburgh natives RH Pioneers feels like a big celebratory fanciful piece of indie rock - more at American Pancake


New Releases: from Ryan Hoffman

Delicate and precise, Ryan Hoffman’s The Pines is a gentle foray into full-band folk-drenched indie rock. Hoffman manages to pen lyrics and guitar melodies that pair with moving strings to evoke a feeling of longing and emotional hunger, as exemplified on “View and the Void.” - more at Pittsburgh City Paper

Ryan Hoffman Takes us Through the Wilderness with “The Pines”

The Pines by songwriter Ryan Hoffman is a deeply atmospheric album encumbered with a sense of rural space and contemplative introspection. Hoffman’s vocal style, which is clearly influenced by classic literary songwriters like Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan, weaves poetic narratives within finely wrought arrangements which span from sparse and simplistic to complex and ornate. - more at Sound Scene Express