Meanwhile, the band
itself is doing selected shows starting next week.
Jason Lytle’s new album Dept Of Disappearance is set for an Oct. 16
release via Anti-Lytle, of course, first made an impact with his band Granddaddy.
After breaking up in 2006, the revered group has now returned for a series of
intensely buzzed about reunion shows which will be followed by Lytle solo dates
in the Fall.
As a solo artist, Lytle has built a catalog of inventive and evocative works. Dept.
Of Disappearance follows up his critically heralded 2009 release Yours Truly, the Commuter.
Some details from the label: With a lab
full of burbling beakers, flasks and test tubes, Lytle’s records may have
permanently one-upped Stereolab for best employing the sound of chemical
experimentation and Dept. Of
Disappearance is no exception. “I have a lot of gear, from conventional
and traditional to super-fucked and broken. And once those sounds get into the
computer, it opens a whole other realm of ‘tweakery,'” he says.
The obvious home for Lytle’s latest feels like the silver screen. On “Last
Problem Of The Alps” he labored long and
hard to create, “a violent and howling blizzard on a dark and rocky
mountain top in sub-zero temps. And when I close my eyes, that’s exactly what I
see.” One of the album’s high points, “Your Final Setting
Sun,” is soaked in the indelible ink of “film noir.” Its
hypnotically dangerous vibe, says Lytle, comes from “the raw and unflinching
writings of Cormac McCarthy, whose sun-bleached, tough-as-nails characters have
a ‘this could be you’ feeling. It’s the one song on the album that had a film
playing along in my head as I was writing it. The chorus came to me while I was
driving down a deserted Montana
road into a beautiful and spooky sunset.”
Lytle compares the songs on his new album Dept.
Of Disappearance to a roomful of
“strange, brilliant autistic kids with very peculiar social skills. But
there are a few conventional, good-looking ones who go out and shake hands and
get the good jobs. Then they come home and help take care of the other weird,
wonderful ones,” he explains. He then concludes: “Perhaps I will
figure it all out someday, but for now I’m OK with it still being one big,
Well, all right then!
Grandaddy Live Dates:
8-8 Big Sur, Henry Miller Library
8-11 San Francisco, Outside Lands Festival
8-12 San Francisco, The Independent
8-13 Los Angeles, The Fonda