From start to finish, Bittersweet Parade is bursting evidence of Tyler Stenson’s unique ability to craft elegant songs with unparalleled heart and authenticity. Recorded at 8 Ball Studio in Portland, OR, the Elegant Folk album is a storyteller’s journey in a fittingly stripped down format. Autobiographical at its core, Stenson self-produced this celebration of life and the dynamics that accompany the human existence. Chalk full of gripping lyrics, poignant vocals and unforgettable acoustic melodies, the minimalist approach showcases Stenson as an genuine solo artist in an age of typical over-production and studio glitz.
Inspired by a Cormac McCarthy novel, "The Road" is a sparkling lullaby that praises the hand of a past lover while "Great Man’s Funeral" pays a sweet homage to db clay, a once great wallet company that Stenson and his brother started in Portland years ago at the Saturday Market. Concluding the Bittersweet Parade is a majestic song called "Wyoming" – a tribute to Stenson’s place of birth and a scenic anthem that has been recognized by the Governor of Wyoming as a candidate for this year’s Governor’s Art Award.
No matter your mood, no matter your disposition, Bittersweet Parade is a universal record for all humans alike. From the first lyric to the trailing notes, this is an album for the ages and evidence that true artists still exist.