Monday, February 27, 2006

Team Clermont's Song(s) of the Week 2/27/06: LYLAS and Stone Jack Jones

Download: LYLAS -- “His Master’s Merriment”

Download: Stone Jack Jones -- “Smile”

Welcome to second edition of Team Clermont’s Song(s) of the Week! This week I’m featuring LYLAS (and Stone Jack Jones as a bonus!).

I think that one of the hottest scenes in the country right now is Nashville’s rock scene: De Novo Dahl, Lambchop, Be Your Own Pet, Kings of Leon, Forget Cassettes, The Mattoid!, Character…well, the list goes on and on. One of the labels on which this resurgence has been built is Fictitious Records, an independent label founded in part by Roger Moutenot, super producer of Yo La Tengo and Sleater-Kinney, among others.

LYLAS’ (Fictitious Records’ newest signee) first full-length, 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. 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. Our featured track, “His Master’s Merriment", is a perfect example of the LYLAS aesthetic.

I’m also, as an added bonus, throwing in an amazing track from atmospheric Americana artist and Patty Griffin protégé Stone Jack Jones. “Smile” (from Jack’s acclaimed new record, bluefolk) features Ms. Griffin and the gorgeous production work of label scion Roger Moutenot. It’s got a foreboding, apocalyptic beauty to it.


Marcus said...

Oh, yes. Solid. I really like this stuff. (thx Lucas).

Team Clermont Lucas said...

Glad you dig it, man! Spread the word...Fictitious is releasing some amazing stuff!