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Myall, Evan

Evan Myall
(Royal Oakie Records)
Release Date: May 8, 2020

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Evan Myall is the full length debut from LA based singer-songwriter Evan Myall Reiss, who performs and records under the name Evan Myall. Evan has spent the last decade playing guitar, writing songs, and touring the world with Sleepy Sun, as well as writing and recording with Fine Points. Inspired by classic songwriters like Glen Campbell and George Harrison, he set out to make an album of his own songs, informed by timeless sounds as much as the post-modern psych and swirl of his other projects.

Working with producer David Glasebrook (Patti Smith, Oliver Ray, Sugar Candy Mountain) and co-producer Nicholas Frances Stein (Fine Points, James Williamson) the trio decamped to Glasebrook’s Bay Area studio and got to work. The resulting album runs a gamut of sounds like the range of human experience—from fuzzed out dirges, to mellow groovers, intimate crooners, and baroque pop wall of sound. In the words of the artist, “We threw all of our colors at the wall; aspiring to make something wondrous. But within the words and melodies, a darkness revealed itself. So we had to learn how to grow and glow in the dark.”

Lyrically, many of the songs are about the space around life and afterlife. The beguilingly charming ‘Winsome Way’ poses the question—what’s so appealing about the afterlife anyway? Album closer ‘To the Sky’ is like a gospel hymn that finds solace in the darkness of the unknown, and ‘Thimble Eye’ speaks to loss, and what it means to say goodbye to someone you love. Meanwhile, album centerpiece ‘Forever Mine’ unfurls with the blooming twilight, a shot of color like wildflowers sprouting up from a city sidewalk.

When asked what his hopes are for the album, Evan responded “I hope people will listen to it and be kind to one another”, a fitting sentiment for our times, indeed.


Photos: Amy Harrity & Yasamine June


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