Although "When All Else Fails" is an EP, this album comes in a jewel case with a 4-panel, full color jacket.
TyLean (vocalist, pianist, and self-proclaimed cello rapist) comes with a disclaimer: Not for the casual listener! In a culture of genres, sub-genres and niches grouping “like-minded” music lovers together, TyLean's meticulously collected fan base share only one common thread: they are all passionate music fans. These are the music fans who give their undivided attention to their musical selections and wouldn't dream of abusing their carefully devised catalogues by playing them as background music.
Since releasing her début, When All Else Fails (EP) in 2005, TyLean has travelled an arduous path in the music business, geographically and emotionally. Her initial musical creations featuring soft, relaxing piano and an ethereal voice accompanied by lyrics that rejoiced in the death of her friends often left listeners throwing their hands in the air with confusion. The songs from the When All Else Fails era can best be described as haunting versions of Tori Amos or Kate Bush.
Between 10 and 2, TyLean's sophomore album, was anticipated to deliver a more commercially acceptable repertoire after the confused reception of When All Else Fails (EP). On the contrary, nothing could have prepared the casual listener for Between 10 and 2, written and recorded in TyLean's native Pennsylvania during the summer of 2007. The songs being far more complex in musical technicality and structure than the When All Else Fails era left the casual listeners even more aloof and the attentive musos feeling as though they had found a great treasure. Songs like “Corner of My Eye” and “Spiders” demonstrated a clear break from mental stability and reality, while “Rosalyn,” the re-creation of a nightmare and the birth-mother of cello rape, could be described as nothing less than disturbing, possibly even revolting. TyLean moved to Bristol, England following the completion of Between 10 and 2, where she released the album in December of 2007.
TyLean's 2010 release, The Unforgivable, the Unforgettable, was written in Bristol in 2008 but took nearly two years to record and release due to the nomadic lifestyle TyLean had acquired. Incessantly moving about the United Kingdom and Ireland, she eventually took root in London, finding a new challenge in taming her phobic performance anxiety. TyLean decided that the best way to learn how to swim was to dive right in, and she recorded her third album in front of a live audience in a single night at an event titled “One Unforgivable, Unforgettable Night with TyLean” at the legendary George Tavern in London. Some of the songs included on The Unforgivable, the Unforgettable feature a return to the simplistic writing style of the When All Else Fails era but with new, luscious vocals enriched by age and experience.
After a period of being Gothic band Attrition's touring vocalist, audiences, enthralled with her hypnotic and powerful voice, became curious about TyLean's unusual solo career. Her stock as performer exploded as word spread that a TyLean show is an intimate, intense experience unlike any other. In February 2011, TyLean toured the UK with San Francisco's Unwoman. In April, TyLean will return to Canada, one of her strongest fan bases, for another tour followed by two appearances at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland in August.