Tylean - When All Else Fails
Mostly creepy, Tylean's release When All Else Fails begins with Patriotic tones. Though her personal life and beliefs span a lot more than just simple artist hobbies, her music is very simplistic. The piano is her band member, and it seems to have a separate soul, at the least the way she keys the ivory. Throughout the disc, xylophones, violins and random elements of create the path of instrumental fear and horror. Turn straight to "Rosalyn" for a perfect example of this mood.
Of course, anyone worth their weight in gold can hear all of five seconds of Tylean and immediately attach a Tori Amos label. Once referred to as "Piano Goth", Tylean just about deserves the comparison's as she seemingly knows her vocal limits and layers her painist talents alongside in a dark manner. One of the better tracks that creates an almost Floyd atmosphere is "Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind". It's here that Tylean truly has the most definition and clarity production wise. A much more balanced sound, and probably most likely to grab someone's attention is "Distractions" which has the best rhythm and hook on this short LP.
Overall, I enjoy the melodies and darkness, and I would be interested to hear this matched up with just a taste of basic instrumentation. Not too much, as Tylean, may in fact be limited to the compliment of being referred to as a new Amos, So perhaps a mix up is due.
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