In January of 2006, after releasing four laid-back-folky-indie-rock albums, Grandaddy announced that they parting ways.
The brainchild of the group, Jason Lytle, has recently finished his first solo offering, Yours Truly, The Commuter, which will be released later this year on May 19 (ANTI-). Here’s the initial press on what to expect from the album:
(left: Gone are Jason Lytle’s Grandaddy bandmates…and his signature mesh ball cap.)
On Yours Truly, the Commuter, dreamy soundscapes mirror the dramatic environment of Lytle’s newly-adopted Montana, where the record was written and recorded, while the twang of central California farmland remains in the inflection and phrasings of the Modesto native’s unmistakable voice. Electronic flourishes collide with acoustic guitars and soulful piano parts, recreating Lytle’s signature electro-lo-fi atmospheres. The fuzzed out rocking of “It’s the Weekend” is balanced by the beautiful heartbreak of “Rollin’ Home Alone,” but it is the opening lines of the first song that so neatly encapsulates the past few years of Jason Lytle’s life, and his future as an artist.