"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."
"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.""
"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.