He writes songs usually utilizing acoustic guitar, often finger-picked, but then also adds in electronic elements. Often the floating, rolling guitar is accompanied by a floating electronic sound and his slightly breathy and self-harmonized vocals. Of course, this might all falter if it wasn’t backed up by good songwriting; this does not falter.
MY friend Whitney, who turned me onto his music described his music pretty well:
I think he makes beautifully simple, sometimes catchy, songs that have a real ethereal feeling to them. There is a balance between a sort of lightness and a heaviness in the sound that I can’t find a comparison to at the moment.
N Lannon – Hollow Heart (mp3 ,from Chemical Friends)
N Lannon – Did I Lose You (mp3, from Pressure)
Music writers sign a contract stating that they must compare any male fingerpicking guitar songwriter to Nick Drake, but Nylse, especially when he self-harmonizes in his sometimes-used falsetto, like on “Did I Lose You”, I hear later-era Elliott Smith. Where Figure 8 was filled out with strings and honky tonk piano, Nyles’ songs, rather than being filled out feel like they are stretched and then held in front of another subtly painted canvas.
Badman (his record label) has a few more tracks for download and you can hear more at his myspace page as well..
11/3 Nyles Lannon w/ Minipop (CD Release), Built for the Sea @ Rickshaw Stop, 8:30pm, $10, 21+
Of course if you want to find out more about him, hear a bit of an interview and more songs, you can check out the podcast featuring him at the Bay Bridged. He’s got some interesting things to say about his songwriting process. (I was going to post this piece last week, actually, but I found out the Bay Bridged was about to post theirs so I held off.)
There are more tour dates on the left coast:
Fri 11/2/07 UC Davis Arts Building Davis CA
Sat 11/3/07 Rickshaw Stop San Francisco CA w/Minipop
Sun 11/4/07 Spaceland Los Angeles CA w/Rademacher
Mon 11/5/07 The Cellar Door Visalia CA w/Division Day
Note: emusic has both of his albums, but one is listed under “nyles lannon” and one is listed under “n. lannon”