Song of the Day: n.Lannon - Dreamer

Song of the Day
09/22/2014
Jacob Webb

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on The Morning Show with John Richards, is “Dreamer” by n.Lannon from the upcoming 2015 album Falling Inside on Badman Recording Co.

n.Lannon - Dreamer (MP3)

In addition to his roles in the indie rock band Film School and the synth-pop duo Sacred Caves, San Francisco songwriter Nyles Lannon crafts intricate, crystalline bedroom pop, currently under the moniker n.Lannon. Initially experimenting with ambient music as n.Ln, Lannon eventually began to focus on writing electronic-influenced acoustic songs, resulting in his 2004 LP, Chemical Friends and 2007's Pressure; his third studio album in this vein is anticipated for spring 2015. First released as a part of the Make Some Quiet - 15 Years of Badman compilation, Lannon's ambient experiences run throughout "Dreamer", an energetic, psychedelic stomper. The song's sections come together seamlessly, snapping together with a precision that emphasizes Lannon's attention to tone while his soft, melodic vocals flow across crisp, acoustic guitar. As Lannon whispers "I'm just a dreamer" during the songs hazy bridge, it feels like a culmination of the tension between the percussive rhythms and ethereal textures, augmenting each other to form something as direct as it is hypnotic.

Nyles doesn't have any shows announced at the moment, but keep an eye on his website and Facebook for any updates on new gigs or music. Below, watch the video for his song "Hollow Heart".

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