"Starting with his phenomenal knack and intuitive sense for weaving electronics with an acoustic mindframe, Byrnes takes the lush washes of swirling space rock and caramel-textured indie pop and breeds it with math rock, progressive rock, emo and even a touch of piano-centered pop. Comparisons are a dangerous stretch- one can hear hints of this and that, Coldplay, Beatles, David Gray- but pinpointing Byrne's music is like trying to replicate a kaleidoscope's interior with a charcoal pencil. The striking, vivid, strident colors mix with a fractal-like, geometrical structure that allows this music to knock you out of your expectations and assumptions and land you in a field of awe. Brilliant- I couldn't stop listening."
-- CD Baby
Byrnes is a band formed by singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Tyler Byrnes. The eclectic nature of his debut album requires the listener to peruse most, if not all, the sound clips to get the entire picture. Though the music sounds accessible and has a great pop sensibility, there are undercurrents of rock, hip hop, African kalimba music, folk and ragtime.
All the songs on the album show an impressive array of musicality and effective songwriting. Byrnes has put out an inspirational, dynamic album with depth and dimension. No song on the album is lacking in substance. It gives the whole pop world a swift kick in the ass for being half asleep for the past twenty years.