Makes a Friend
Lylas... 'Makes a Friend,' is a document of old and new. This mini-album marks the first, official release of these Nashville locals who have been writing and playing since 2000. Fronted by songwriter, Kyle Hamlett, the group began in a quiet, little corner of Murfreesboro, TN. Being the college town that it is, numerous music acts get their start in this small scene. However, Lylas spent most of it's time shying away from the live show, and concentrating on recordings which are showcased on this release. '... Makes a Friend' is a dichotomy of early and new material. The first half of the album consists of tracks recorded as early as 2001 while the last half suggests where Hamlett's songwriting is headed. The essence of Lylas is, on the whole, rooted in a more traditional method of songwriting. There are traces of numerous influences, including folk, pop, bluegrass, and even rock but, Lylas manages to channel these ideas into a cohesive sound, guided by Hamlett's delicate vocals. '... Makes a Friend' is the perfect album to play on a warm, sunny, Sunday morning, as well as a cold, rainy afternoon. The songs are easy going and sparse while remaining contemplative and sincere. Check out this first release by one of Nashville's new and promising songwriters.