Thursday, February 16, 2006


Download: LYLAS -- "His Master's Merriment"
Download: LYLAS -- "Homes and Hugs"
Download: LYLAS -- "Tiny Echoes"

LYLAS is further evidence of a resurgence in the Nashville rock scene which has recently produced De Novo Dahl, Be Your Own Pet, The Mattoid, Stone Jack Jones, Character, Forget Cassettes, and many, many more. A country and CCM town no more! LYLAS’ Lessons for Lovers is an exceptionally well-produced and lovely chamber pop lark that recalls Donovan (in a good way) and Belle and Sebastian. It’s light and airy, but is in no way superficial. Beautiful stuff.

Loney Hutchins from The Mattoid and Bobby Bare, Jr.'s band produced and recorded this thing and it sounds marvelous. Two excellent Nashville labels, Fictitious Records and Cleft Music, are putting this thing out.

I seriously think that this record is actually better than the last few Belle and Sebastian records. I can't stop listening to it. It's got a classic quality to it that you can find in the best works of Stephen Merritt; it's not even rock and roll really. It comes from some place more classic, some different era.or time period. Like Greg Kihn said, "They don't write 'em like that anymore!" Indeed.

Another set of old-timey singalongs brought to you by Team Clermont.

1 comment:

Brandon Taj Hanick said...

For me, this LYLAS album fills (quite well, and then some) the void left by the breakup of Beachwood Sparks. It's psychadelic but never too strange. It's poppy and inviting but never lacks depth in arrangement, concept, or lyrical execution.

The songs are far from ever sounding dated, but obviously pull from other times, piecing together the best of the 1860's, 1970's and today!!! Moments of this album place me at a summer solstice party in the center of a small, burgeoning, Western town in the late 19th century....celebrating the fact that we've made it this far.