Real Blasty

by Kyle Andrews

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"Another one of those perfectly-titled albums. Andrews plies the laptop pop waters with new wave sails and a big beat keel. These songs have an astonishing amount of heft to them. "
- Aiding & Abetting

"The melodies and hooks are ultimately what make the songs cook. It took a couple of spins before we began to take notice of the fact that Andrews writes some really smart and cool lyrics. None of the samey, familiar dumb lines that so many artists are guilty of using in their tunes."
- Babysue

"Real Blasty,is 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 enui. But Andrews pulls it off by pairing his angst with bright electro-pop rhythms and irresistible hooks."
- Tamara Vallejos, NPR.ORG (Nov 07, 2008)

"Chicago native, Kyle Andrews, makes 'hook heavy' indie pop. You will listen and wonder why you haven't heard this music before, or at least someone saying you should hear Kyle Andrews... uh, you should. "
- alan williamson, Six Eyes

"You could call Kyle Andrews a singer/songwriter and you’d be right on a technicality. He’s more of a bedroom pop madman, a home-recording, hook-generating dynamo with enough personality to win over fans of everyone from Beck and Eels to John Vanderslice and Chad VanGaalen. "
- Nick Loughrey, Aversion

"Kyle’s sound falls somewhere in the same category as Pete Yorn – but not egotistical, Bright Eyes – but notdepressing, Josh Rouse – but more upbeat. But unlike every other artist you’ve heard these comparisons made about, Kyle’s music grabs you and keeps you listening."
- Hero Hill

"I can't deny that this is unique. I was expecting acoustic driven, soothing vocals but instead I was given a keyboard driven and powerful vocals that were very poppy and good."
- Sean Collins, Music Emissions

"Armed with a guitar, Casio keyboard and drum loops, Andrews escaped the crushing Nashville scene to create his own brand of indie-rock with a southern drawl. Reminiscent of poppy Bright Eyes, Postal Service and an adolescent Eels, Andrews has 13 tracks worthy of a thorough listen."
- Perfect Porridge

"After the relaxed panic of 'Amos In Ohio', second song 'Moon Tea' hits one by great surprise... this Andrews fellow will be impossible to pigeon-hole. "
- Han Quintrell, Rock Louder

"Amos in Ohio is an honest, quirky, spontaneous and heartfelt acoustic album underpinned with electronic beats. It might be a break-up album, but its reflective mood won't leave you feeling crippled."
- Marie Clare Uk

"Instantly memorable, the album is packed with infectious hooks, especially on the title track and the upbeat "Moon Tea.""
- NPR

"His lyrics are good too, often seeming to laugh at themselves, yet maintaining a wholesome integrity and frequently laying bare our darkest instincts in a most unnerving way. “All the boys want to own her / I wish I could say that I’m not like that,” he sings on ‘Amos In Ohio’. "
- Jon Fletcher, New Noise

"HUMBLY AND SUDDENLY COMING FROM NOWHERE THIS IS A BEDROOM-ROCK BRIAN WILSON OF DEPTH & PERSISTENT CHARACTER. MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED"
- DOT SHOP (Scandinavia)

"The album launches with the irresistible, longing title track, by far the chief highlight and the most impossible to describe. There's just a certain hard-to-get-at appeal to the way the song flies by: a purity to its structure and rapturous sense of melancholy that makes it an absolute gem."
- Timothy Zila, Patrol Magazine

" Real Blasty is the breakthrough album. And as far as details go, there’s not a misplaced bit of echo or distorted guitar on this album."
- Timothy Zila , patrol magazine
Kyle Andrews Bio


"If people saw the space I recorded in, they would laugh," admits Nashville pop wizard Kyle Andrews. Crafted mostly in the comfort of his own home, and at his parents' place in Chicago, the DIY maestro's second full-length Real Blasty is a marvel: crisp, quirky, studio-quality pop recorded using little more than a laptop. Meet the future of the music industry.

Andrews grew up in the Chicago suburbs and moved to Nashville hoping to find a place where people didn’t look at him funny when he said he wanted to make records. His debut Amos in Ohio was an expert piece of whimsical melancholia that perfectly married the acoustic appeal of indie singer-songwriter fare with unexpected electronic elements. After a limited release on local indie Ficticious, Amos was given a facelift and re-released by Badman Recordings (early My Morning Jacket, Mark Kozelek). Following on the heals of the exquisitely sad little stripped-down EP Find Love, Let Go (also released by Badman), Real Blasty takes Andrews’ homespun tunes to a happier place—the words still tell their fair share of sad tales, but the sound is brighter, dancier and crackles with more mature technical dexterity. Andrews decided to release his latest independently, relying on his own imprint, Elephant Lady Records.

Real Blasty opens with "Sushi," a song Andrews has been toying with for years. Here, it receives its most glammed-up treatment to date, devolving into a fuzzed-out club track as the emotional intensity ratchets up and he implores the object of his affection, "You gonna save me or not?" The irresistible, synth-heavy "Naked in New York" adds a slight edge to the proceedings, as waves of noise crash and recede, revealing a narrator desperate to hang onto an unstable woman. "Polar Bear" tackles life on the road and the people you can't take with you. The ramped-up, guitar-driven "A Constant Wavering Between the Real and the Abstract" gets apocalyptic about love, asserting "Everything special fades away / all hearts will be erased." And on the lighter side, standouts "Put Your Hands Up" and "Call and Fade" channel vintage anthemic pop, allowing Andrews to show off his ample skill with pretty melodies and infectious choruses.

Final track "Bus" is as close as we get to Amos’ Andrews, as piano and acoustic guitar accompany the wistful four-line refrain. But as the song progresses, more and more instruments join the party and things start to get dissonant. The words stay the same, but the end feels nothing like the beginning—could there be a more perfect musical metaphor for a breakup?

In between the flurry of releases, Nashville’s ever-prolific pop maestro has also found time to open for Peter, Bjorn and John and tour with Josh Rouse; Andrews was also asked to contribute an original song to a recent Crown Royal ad campaign. In addition, the soft-spoken songsmith has managed to reinvent himself as a performer—shedding the introverted acoustic incarnation while experimenting with new methods for translating his glitchy, dynamic songs to the stage.

Whatever modest approaches Kyle takes to get his music across, one thing is for certain; it’s always a pleasure to eavesdrop in for a listen to what’s next.

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released January 20, 2009

Produced by Kyle Andrews
Artwork by Greg Burgess
Released by Elephant Lady Records

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Track Name: Sushi
SUSHI
i'm swimming in the ocean
of pillow case blue
and i sink so deep in you
you gonna save me or not?

could we have a moment?
it feels so real
i'm picking out a blossom
i pin it on the wall
it feels so real

i'm giving you a haircut
walking to the sushi bar
shopping at the goodwill
learning how to swing dance
and i sink so deep in you
you gonna save me or not?

could we have a moment?
it feels so real
i'm picking out a blossom
i pin it on the wall
it feels so real

i'm swimming in the ocean
of pillow case blue
and i sink so deep in you
you gonna save me or not?
Track Name: Naked In New York
NAKED IN NEW YORK
48th street you went mental
did you hear voices?
or were you moved by the spirit?

cops on horse
knock of purses
move along now, move along

and i can't give you up
no i can't give you up
i'm not afraid of the dark
i'm not afraid of the dark

oh, darling drama on the sidewalk
have you ever in your life felt so helpless?
you know i'm right here, lightning statue
you know i always got your back, i'm a bulldog

and i can't give you up
no i can't give you up
i'm not afraid of the dark
i'm not afraid of the dark

you're naked in new york
Track Name: Polar Bear
polar bears? who cares, i ain't scared
if you're always by my side
flash flood, so what i ain't giving up
if you're always by my side
i am prepared

do you suppose i could take you
with me when i go?
i know its not the way
we do this sorta thing
im not good being alone

the wind howls and the moon is grey
and we meditate on snow white waves
how many miles till i see your face?
lifting up the son?

do you suppose i could take you
with me when i go ?
i know its not the way
we do this sorta thing
im not good being alone

beats, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, keyboards, vocals
drums - neil mason (courtesy of Warner Bros)
elextric guitar - Lex Price
Track Name: Call and Fade
words by Kyle Andrews & Neil Mason, music by kyle andrews


don't tell me you re leaving me empty of feeling
when i go, don't follow, the wind blows you hollow

when i get you by my side, i know you'll realize
you call and you fade, you call and you fade

dont tell me, you need me, its not that easy
yeah we try to forgive, yeah we try
im only a moment, your always what could have been

when i get you by my side, i know you'll realize
you call and you fade, you call and you fade

don't tell me-- you re leaving me empty, i feel it
dont tell me, you need me, its not that easy

when i get you by my side, i know you'll realize
you call and you fade, you call and you fade
Track Name: Tennessee Torture Dreams
just wait till i start running
your feet will seem so slow
in my dreams i'm comets
ornate falling snow

write down insecurities
and mail them off to no one gives a ***k
tape down my sadness
keep it from coming up

and then the world will be mine
when tennessee torture dreams subside

just wait till i start running
Track Name: Put Your Hands Up
do you need somebody to hold you?
of course you do
everybody wants to love
one warm shoulder to lean on
and another to carry the load

put your hands up
put your hands up where i can see them
put your hands up
can you feel that feeling?

from babies to death
we make a trek
do you need somebody to hold you?
i've always known you got it on your own
but if you need somebody to hold you
i'm right here

put your hands up
Track Name: Wavering Between The Real and The Abstract
everything special fades away
all hearts will be erased
so why are you so afraid of nothing?

we all want another chance
one more song, one more dance
oh why are you so attatched to nothing?

I'll fade away
so easily

i've been lost somewhere in the cracks
with just my memory to lead me back
a constant wavering between the real and the abstract

no more arguing what is real
you can only go by what you feel
but i feel indifferent
i guess thats something
something

i'll fade away
Track Name: Blow It Out
im going to live it up
let go of the form
what do you need?

im going to trick it out
like never before
like you wouldnt believe

all my kindling burns a fireburst inside my head
and all the wires tangle like the climbing ivy wall

i try to let it out
i try and blow it out
Track Name: Take It To Heart
i've had my share of cold grey days
now i take care to fill in color

i've chased the moon to help these bruises heal
my violent hands were overwhelmed
now i can feel like once before
from a place i thought was lost long ago

LOVE
TAKE IT TO HEART
LOVE
TAKE IT TO HEART

when i was a child my little heart broke
you wear what you are
what could make it better?
when i went to town my little heart broke
you were what you are
what could make it better?
oh, what could make it better?

LOVE
what could make it better?
LOVE
take it to heart
LOVE
what could make it better?
LOVE
we make it too hard, we make it too hard
LOVE
I wanna feel, fill me up with
LOVE
Track Name: I Wanted to Paint a Rainbow
out on the hillside, you are goldie locks
begging for a bear bite, begging for the full moon
how did you get inside? did you read my mind?
i've fallen since seven, i've been falling forever

no it didnt take much
to let you down
just one touch
you were down and out
and no it didnt take much
turn you inside out
start a flood with your blood
and watch you drown

oh no what have i done?

you took that clothes line wrapped around my neck
the smell of spring time, you hung me out to dry
we are martyrs, vacant, break dancers on spaceships
we lay in coffee cans, a green complexion
i gave up all my strength just to beg for your attention OH GOD

it didnt take much to let us down
just one touch pushed us underground
no it didnt take much
turn me inside out
start a flood with my mouth
but i could never say enough

oh no, what have i done?
i wanted to paint a rainbow
Track Name: Cut and Paste
you do 100 takes
i got my cut and paste
outside the window pane
nothing but glare and paint
i wanna know if you're on board
i wanna know for sure
what do you say?

who knew i'd hesitate?
no questions, just amputate
I follow the license plates
cover the frames in tape
we carry a heavy chest
filled with our hearts request

i wanna know if you're on board
i wanna know for sure
what do you say?

i got this in my head
i dont want it
i am sorry

i wake in a mourning state
i miss with a nauseous ache
for all of the life we share
no that i'll see be there

what do you say?
what is it?
Track Name: Bus
take my love
it's all i am
it's all i have to give
it's all i have
Track Name: Springs
out on the depths of the dance floor
i wanna chain you to my leg
how many springs can love grow new
i wanna feel you in my face

no i cant control you

out on the depths of the dance floor
i wanna chain you to my leg
how many springs can love grow new
i wanna feel you in my face

no i cant control you