Though Nashville might be known for its country artists, we've managed to find a young indie rocker that could be the next big star to put it on the map. Kyle Andrew's catchy, bedroom rock might draw comparison to Eels or Bright Eyes, but he's got a hybrid sound all his own. The electronic- tinged acoustic rock from this young, wide-eyed boy is so catchy that we'll bet you a bag of fries that you'll remember the tunes after just one listen.
Amos in Ohio was originally a limited release in Nashville on local label Fictitious Records in late 2005. The album deserved to be heard by a larger audience though, so Badman has decided to re-release it with international distribution and a full publicity and promotion campaign. Kyle tells us, "for the re-release I thought it would be fun to freshen up a few songs, mostly to give myself something new to listen to. Ultimately, I think the record is stronger while retaining the original vibe." The album features several new versions of the songs on Amos in Ohio, as well as a new tune ("Self Help Tapes") and has been re-mastered. Needless to say, it sounds damn good.
Kyle recorded the album in his bedroom with a little help from his friends. Kyle says, "For what eventually became Amos in Ohio, I would come up with chords and drum programs, then have my roommate Neil Mason (llama, bang bang bang) do a live drum take on top. He was usually hearing these songs for the first time -so he is really just reacting. I like the way people play when they are just reacting, they tend to play with more honesty. From there I sing and play around till it sounds like a song. I feel very lucky to exist in a time where a kid with a computer, guitar and a mic can make a record in his bedroom."
THE TENNESSEAN TOP ALBUMS
"It doesn't deserve comparisons to the Postal Service as much as you'd think-more like Elliott Smith experimenting with an unshaken Bright Eyes and a new sampler. But all that attention that the Postal Service got? Andrews more than deserves that." - Nicole Keiper, The Tennessean
"Not simply a singer-songwriter, Kyle Andrews is more a bedroom-rock Brian Wilson, constructing simple but instantly engaging pop with nothing more than a guitar, a Casio keyboard and some drum loops. Yet somehow this record never feels precious or pretentious, and only reveals its lo-fi roots when you really put it under the microscope." - All The Rage