RECENT press for “DEATH IN A FIELD” AND “the guesthouse”
“An enigmatic cross between Belle and Sebastian, Wilco, and Ben Folds…a master of his craft…as tasteful as indie rock gets…pure, unmitigated emotion mixed with a love and a yearning.”
“…a gorgeously-arranged acoustic ballad…[with a] narrator who struggles to change.”
THE VINYL DISTRICT
“…his haunting falsetto careen[s] through a psychedelic tangle of rootsy instruments…a lovely intro into the mystical world of Lear’s new record.”
THE MUSIC NINJA
“A charming ride throughout…a tasteful blend of organic percussion, playful guitar work, and a splash of saxophone….It’s a combination that left us both wanting to throw this into our regular rotation and anxiously looking forward to the full album.”
“Radically radiant. Thin Lear‘s 70’s- influenced rock is something that we clamor for. It sizzles with dexterity and palpable excitement.“
ALSO FEATURED on…
Thank you, @sofarsounds , for the gig last week. If you were there, thank you for being ridiculously attentive. That was, without a doubt, one of the quietest, most locked-in audiences I’ve played to in a while. You guys created a beautiful atmosphere, and I’m very grateful.
And I know this is non-music related, but me, the head manager, songwriter, and unstoppable PR machine behind Thin Lear, little old me, is getting married on Saturday to the woman I love, @emelygrisanty . Her support carried me through the recording of this new album, and I’m certain it wouldn’t be half of what it is without her influence.
I cannot wait for 2020. From a label release, to the biggest tour I’ve ever done, to festivals and new singles, there’s so much I want to tell you about.
#intimate #deadsilence #sofarsounds #danieljohnston #halloweenparty #brohat
I cracked up the first time a friend played me a Daniel Johnston album. It initially sounded like a child trying to make Pet Sounds with a Casio. I laughed because it made me uncomfortable; I was in high school, and it was too unabashedly vulnerable for me at that time in my life. I didn’t let myself enjoy his work until years later, on a long bus ride to Canada, listening to his first four albums on an endless loop. He has a way of arriving at these impossibly heartbreaking lines. They just stagger you.
He’s the patron saint of every kid who ever recorded on a four-track, or a cell phone, or Garageband, conjuring symphonies in basements, attics, and back rooms. Trying to be Brian Wilson with a Casio. I will never get over songs like “Some Things Last a Long Time,” “Grievances,” and, of course, the one in the Insta story, which is so direct in its lyrical approach that it hurts to think about for too long. I hope he actually felt some of our love.
#danieljohnston #diy #elephant6 #beautifulsoul #beatlesque #songwriters #beachboyspetsounds
Here at Thin Lear HQ (i.e. my Astoria apartment, which is not nearly as yellow as it is in this photo), we have some very exciting news that we’re dying to tell you about. No, we didn’t get a dog, as that’s strictly against the rules of the building. It’s better than a dog. Possibly even better than a cat.
We’ll hopefully be able to let you know very soon, but, in the meantime, why not enjoy us on Spotify? It doesn’t cost anything. Unless you have Spotify Premium, in which case, it does.
#newalbum #newmusic #indie #kitchens #astoria #sepiatone #polaroid
This Friday! @knittingfactorybk ! The Thinnest of Lears! Come out and see the event that everyone is talking about in hushed tones as "something to do on a Friday night." @raisedbytigersband will kick things off, with @swimmingbellmusic to follow. Spectacular people, they are. And then Thin Lear will take the stage to thunderous applause. Or maybe that's just what I was envisioning. Tickets/details in bio.
And thank you, @bourbonandbranch , @xgregmendezx and @joshlevinsky for a lovely show last week in Philly. Some serious talent on that stage, and it was an honor to share the bill with you.
#indiemusic #songwriting #friday #harrynilsson #alexchilton #karendalton #knittingfactorybk