Daily Effect of What Remains
Kyle Lange's first album, As Yet Untitled... was decidedly sparse. Recorded in his apartment, it was an introduction that showcased the essence of his vocal, musical and lyrical talents and won him the first place showcase as the top new performer in the 2004 Toronto Winterfolk Festival. With his latest album, entitled The Daily Effect of What Remains, Kyle has gone in the complete opposite direction from intimacy of his first album. 'I was lonely playing by myself,' says Kyle, 'I felt it was hurting me creatively. I would hear all these other parts in my head and I had no way of sharing the full potential of the songs with the audience, and it was selling everybody- fans, the music, me - short. So I spent a good amount of time at home, I stopped touring for a bit, and finally started writing down all these harmonies, other guitar and bass parts, and even scored, by hand, the string arrangements that I heard in my creative ear every time I would play the songs out live.' As for the title of the new album, Kyle says it gets to the essence of how he thinks about music, 'To me, the title represents the things, moments, happenings good or bad that we tend to carry around with us that effect the rest of our day. How the power of one thing in our mind can alter our entire perception on the rest of that day. I think music does this intrinsically, it can change the listener's mood completely- and since I was very interested in this idea lyrically, I felt it was the only title that fit.' Seeing as all the musicians Kyle needed to play all these newly written parts could not all fit in his apartment, he also invited the engineers at Atlantic Sound Studio in Brooklyn to help in the recording process of The Daily Effect of What Remains, which he produced himself. 'I came from a collaborative background in all the art I was involved in - I have always sung in choirs, I have done a lot of theatre and comedy in the past, and the pros of creating with others have always outweighed the cons. One it's essential advantages being that others have expertise in areas you do not. To help me get the sound I wanted required sound engineers who knew how to record and balance all the layers I had in mind.' Kyle's choral training is indeed evident on this album as he has up to 11 vocal parts on some songs. 'Coming from a very musical family and singing in a choir trained my ear to pick out harmonies. When I was younger I would always try to come up with a harmony with every song I sung along to on the radio. I think the people who know my music will be surprised and excited to hear the talent that the other performers and the sound engineers brought to what I had written. I am so proud of the enthusiasm and passion everyone involved gave to this album, and I am excited for others to hear it- because I think that passion is encapsulated on every digital one and zero on the CD. Any listener can't help but feel that coming through in the music. Because essentially, the whole process was for the listener; this is our service to them.' Kyle Lange is a native New Mexican who has lived in New York City for the past five years. He is a classically trained singer and a self-taught guitarist. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa with a degree in Theatre Arts and was also involved with the Iowa Writer's Workshop.