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.