Just like Grandaddy‘s 2000 technological dystopian classic, The Sophtware Slump, Jason Lytle‘s recent solo record Dept. of Disappearance touches upon the lifelong theme of the struggle between modern technology and the small but essential “simplicities” in life. Long-time fans and first-time listeners alike will certainly appreciate Lytle‘s evocative and film-like album, which we present to you today in the form of a digital download.
Many have heard the melodic and bittersweet anthem, “Get Up and Go”, which showcases what Lytle does best: writing lyrics like short stories and encapsulating narratives in songs that tie together into a beautifully hypnotic whole. Disappearance is no exception, as the record plays like an emotionally resonant soundtrack for a non-existent cinematic masterpiece. Affirmably, Lytle admits that the devastating track “Your Final Setting Sun” had a “film playing along in [his] head as [he] was writing it.” In “Last Problem of the Alps” a piano waltz conjures the images of a “violent and howling blizzard on a dark and rocky mountain top in sub-zero temps,” accompanied by the faint sounds of birds chirping. You’ll have to listen for yourself, close your eyes and get lost in the sounds Lytle creates.
Recommended Tracks: track #3 “Young Saints”, track #1 “Dept. of Disappearance”, track #5 “Get Up and Go”, track #10 “Your Final Setting Sun”
RIYL: Grandaddy, Mercury Rev, Flaming Lips, Built to Spill