Singer-songwriter Jason Lyles has an earnest affection for the rural movements of modern Americana, as well as a fascination for the twisting branches of various folk-pop aesthetics. For years, and through various solo/band iterations, he’s delved into these sounds without reserve, filtering the acoustic twang and jangling pop of his influences into a unique and subversive rhythmic perspective which is free of imitation and overflowing with ingenious adaptation and melodic innovation. It’s a familiar noise but one that also refuses to be easily pigeonholed under his shrewd direction.
With his recent record, “The Undersea Acoustic Spree,” Lyles has developed a ruminative perspective on life, and crafts a sound buffeted by sly pop arrangements and gorgeous folk enumerations. His work is polished but not devoid of character and nuance – he explores an extensive cross-section of inspirations and often diverges from his usual Americana impulses to incorporate elements of alt rock, roots rock and power pop into this rustic musical viewpoint. His work is a compelling amalgam of different genres which ultimately holds no specific allegiance, allowing him the leeway to evolve and refine in any manner that his creativity dictates.
Recently, Lyles shared the video for “Eton, GA,” a highlight from “The Undersea Acoustic Spree,” which features a host of captivating strings, persuasive vocal harmonies and Lyles’ observant lyricism. The clip, framed by the ache and consequence of youthful love, provides a fitting backdrop for these sounds. The music clings to your periphery, refusing to reveal everything at once, opting instead to provide brief glimpses of an overarching emotional resonance that quickly settles into the deepest parts of your heart.