SCHED* SXSW 2011 has ended
Back To Schedule
Thursday, March 17 • 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Kyle Andrews

Sign up or log in to save this to your schedule, view media, leave feedback and see who's attending!

Years ago, Kyle Andrews traded Chicago's bone-chilling winters for Nashville's constantly flowing spring of music. Ever since, Kyle has been polishing gems unearthed in the cluttered corners of his bedroom studio. His first official album, Amos In Ohio (2006), set the bar for the thinking-person's indie-pop. Kyle proved that DIY-style production didn't have to lack depth, and his intimate songwriting style (sometimes emotional, sometimes enigmatic, always engaging) delivered tracks that were so fun to sing along with, you didn't mind that they were stuck in your head for weeks. WXPN (NPR) dubbed Amos as "instantly memorable... packed with infectious hooks" and praised Kyle's "ear for melody that's as strong as his songwriting ability." Kyle answered the praise with his seven-song EP, Find Love, Let Go (2007), including the single "Get Mad," which was featured as KCRW's Song of the Day. Kyle's latest full-length, Real Blasty (2009), incorporated all the strengths critics lauded in Kyle's previous work but pushed his sound in a new direction. Darker and more aggressive songs found balance in upbeat, danceable tracks like "Sushi" and polished ballads. Andrews proved his acoustic-pop sensibilities were just as comfortable in big, electronic-laden club surroundings. Tamara Vallejos of NPR described it as "...an upbeat album for sad people who just want to dance. A lesser artist could get weighed down by the broody lyrics covering unrequited love, insecurities and general ennui. But Andrews pulls it off by pairing his angst with bright electro-pop rhythms and irresistible hooks." With the recent KANGAROO EP (2010), on Elephant Lady Records, Andrews returned to his cheery, sunny pop. "This is my best effort at putting out somethinghappy," Kyle says of KANGAROO. "Truth is, I wrote most of these songs when I wasn't very happy at all. Most of them came as relief at the peak of frustration: Just after a moment when I felt totally beat, I would grab the guitar, switch on the drum machine and these songs would appear. They were all telling me something I needed to hear. 'Even if you fall down hard, I know you'll bounce right back' [a lyric from the title track] pretty much sums up the overall message." Like all of Kyle's work, KANGAROO is catchy, with measured doses of synths and beats, but it belies a sweetness that endears Kyle to anyone who listens. The video for the single, "You Always Make Me Smile", was a viral sensation quickly reaching over 1 million views in just two weeks. This coming Spring / Summer marks the release of Kyle's new full length, Robot Learn Love. While nearly every sound on the record was recorded in his bedroom studio, after many months of working on the record alone, Kyle sought a second pair of ears. He enlisted a well respected producer in Nashville, Chris Grainer, with whom he has since been working to achieve all the fullness, poppiness, darkness, and brightness that Kyle originally envisioned for the album. Kyle told AOL Spinner that "if KANGAROO was a walk through the park in the summer, then this next one is a fireworks display spread across all of Saturn's moons." Excitement for the record is already building, through the placement of "Bombs Away" in a Doritos commercial and "Lazer Tag With Imaginary Friends" in a Nike online snowboard video.

avatar for Kyle Andrews

Kyle Andrews

Nashville's favorite indie-pop artist just returned with his 4th LP, Brighter Than The Sun, a sunny, celebratory record full of warm hooks and shiny synths. Drawing inspiration from society’s inclination towards the technological, Kyle Andrews is no stranger to the innovative- he... Read More →

Thursday March 17, 2011 9:00pm - 10:00pm CDT
Maggie Mae's Gibson Room

Attendees (0)