Jason Lytle’s new album Dept. Of Disappearance plays like an emotionally resonant soundtrack for a non-existent cinematic masterpiece. On it the sometimes reclusive, always intriguing musician has infused the toil of ordinary existence with a sweeping sonic beauty.
Lytle is in the midst of a series of triumphant reunion shows with his old band Grandaddy. The San Francisco Examiner remarked of their Outside Lands appearance, “imagine an indie rock Beach Boys that sings about small appliances instead of surfing” while the SF Weekly wrote, “There's a beautiful moment just at the end of Grandaddy's set, somewhere around the line, "Did you love this world, and did this world not love you," where Lytle looks down, his trucker hat bill obscuring his face to most of the crowd, and smiles, only to himself. This is how it feels to be back.”
As a solo artist, Lytle has built a catalog of inventive and intensely evocative works. Dept. Of Disappearance is no different. The anticipated follow up to 2009’s Yours Truly, the Commuter, the record is an epic and heart-wrenching accompaniment to one’s life. On standout track "Last Problem Of The Alps" Lytle creates, "a violent and howling blizzard on a dark and rocky mountain top in sub-zero temps,” while "Your Final Setting Sun," is soaked in the indelible ink of film noir and inspired by writings of Cormac McCarthy. “It's the one song on the album that had a film playing along in my head as I was writing it,” Lytle explains. “The chorus came to me while I was driving down a deserted Montana road into a beautiful and spooky sunset."
Jason Lytle will be performing the songs of Dept. Of Disappearance live on a headlining tour starting this October. To listen to the title track courtesy of Pitchfork, go to href="http://pitchfork.com/news/47295-grandaddys-jason-lytle-announces-new-solo-album-dept-of-disappearance-shares-title-track">Pitchfork>. Sea of Bees will be joining him on all dates.