The second solo album from San Francisco singer-songwriter and "folktronic" pioneer Nyles Lannon arrives in US stores September 2007.
Former Film School member Nyles Lannon has been busy since his debut album Chemical Friends made many "Best Of" lists 3 years ago. During his nearly non-stop U.S. and European tours supporting both his debut and Film School's (Beggars Banquet) first album, he painstakingly worked on his second solo album, but it wasn't until he finally took a break from touring that he was able to truly devote himself. A feverish desire to build something greater than his standout debut ruled him throughout the making of the album, and Pressure took on a deep, epic character. It represents a true evolution for the artist.
As Lannon tells us,"Pressure doesn't have a light at the end of the tunnel." It's lyrical content is steeped in dark thought: denial, guilt, temptation, regret. Lannon choreographs his swirling emotions into a series of well-crafted, intelligent pop songs that twist and morph, weaving memorable melodies with electronic flare and soulful guitar playing. From the irresistible catchiness of "Next Obsession," the bluesy drone of "Slipping" or the country shuffle of "Well Groomed Man," Pressure constantly shifts and redefines itself. And with the final song, "River," Lannon delicately lures us out to space and leaves us hanging among the stars.
Lannon took his 'folktronic' past and turned it on its head. This is Chemical Friends with legs and arms and hair on its chest. At times intimate and subdued, at others billowing to triumphant peaks, Lannon has perfected his potion of folky, electronically-enhanced space rock. But despite the diversity of form, Lannon, like on his debut, proves that melody is king. It's his classic melodies that really set him apart from the pack. Pressure is immediately mind-blowing and is beckoning you to enter its labyrinth corridors.
"Best Folktronica Artist - 2005" - SF Weekly
"Best Album of 2004" - SF Bay Guardian, Radio X Frankfurt, Grooves Magazine, Scorched Earth, Stinkweeds...
"One of the Best of 2004" - Paste Magazine, Creative Loafing, KUSF, WNCW, WPRB, WUSC, Orlando Weekly...
"Lannon is in a felicitous field of one."
**** - Uncut UK