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“I’d rather record my heart and soul into 5 songs… then do a piss poor job with 10”
While it may never be an inspirational quote worth remembering, those thoughts come from Kyley Styles, a Canadian musician who simply tells it like it is. That’s the way he’s always been, even while a member of Calgary band Satori Life. (RIP 2005-2011). His first group had some success in the local scene and even took home a radio station grant worth $100,000. With that, they would record a 14 song album – a release which spawned two radio singles and a music video. Those learning curves would eventually lead to Kyley’s hunger for a solo project.
After their dismantling in January 2011, Kyley’s musical journey took him to the studio of Crazy Lady Records, where for the next 5 months, Styles and producer Joshua Walsh would begin to create “One Short Of A Six Pack”. The 5 song package will mark the 25 year old’s debut EP release.
“I am a quarter century in and I’ve kinda effed the dog so far. I finally have a product that I will be proud of for a long time. Me and Josh fought for every inch. We left it all on the field. Even if only 100 people hear this in this next 100 years, chances are I would make at least 1 of them cry. Watch out onions, I’m taking over your job of bringing tears to people’s eyes”.
That’s just a little taste of the warped sense of humour that comes from Kyley’s mouth – a product of radio broadcasting and a natural songwriter since birth. Styles has played several instruments his whole life, and adds several different flavours to the EP. Kyley contributes the drums, electric, acoustic, and bass guitars, keyboards, vocals, and a few different other sounds to the 5 song release, which will be available on iTunes this July.
The mini-album couldn’t have been done without the finishing touches – His former Satori Life bandmate, Uncle Bill, contributes violin parts on 2 tracks. “One Short Of A Six Pack” was mixed by Russ Long in Nashville, who’s long list of mixing credits include “Kiss Me” by Sixpence None The Richer. Jimmy Brick from New Jersey mastered the project.
This step of the Journey is almost complete for Kyley Styles. While he has his sights set on bigger and better things, he’s clearly excited about what the future holds after this release.
From the first minute of the opening track – EYE OF THE BEHOLDER, it is obvious that Kyley Styles has moved on since his Satori Life experience and that this is going to be a worthy album.
The track kicks out with a driving lead guitar hook which trades off with an underlying piano riff, and after a short building of punchy layers and volume, Kyley bellows the opening verse in a raspy authoritative delivery:
“You stupid girl, came and run when cupid gave you the gun
Well go on, open it load it – I feel my heart explode and
You feel so tall when you fly – I’ll watch you fall from the sky
Tonight, you come to an end…”
The musical arrangement and vocal harmonies, power up the track to almost anthemic stadium rock proportions. Testifying to the fact, that Kyley can rock real hard when needed.
The hook-filled, tongue-in-cheek HALO, is an uptempo track delivered over a machine-gun beat and sprinkled with gloriously catchy shouts, rants and infectious sing-a-longs. This makes for clever song composition and hypnotic listening. Adding another notch to Kyley’s musical belt.
CLASSHOLE. Idem all the above. The funniest, heartbreaking love-song you’ll ever hear…fiddle and all. This is top drawer acid pop lyrics. This is Weezer, The Pixies and Green Day rolled into one. And Kyley Styles adds another notch..!
Just to confirm that he can write a real, orthodox tear jerking love song, that’s absolutely radio ready, up pops JUST A MAN. This is your classic top twenty mix.
Check this lyric: “Well I’m not scared to tell the truth about the day
The spark in this flame went away
And we’ve tried to stand up high against the waves
But rivers caused our dams to break
But we’ll be saved, have faith
Because our love was always great
You unchained, well that’s okay
‘Cause I’d save you from the rain”
Tender, low-key verses and soaring choruses are loaded across this track, to warm all those loving hearts and turn up the record sales.
CLOSE THE CURTAIN is how we prefer Kyley Styles. Uptempo, quick-witted and with all the catchy musical hooks and drumrolls to match.
Kyley Styles proves on his upcoming debut album – “One Short Of A Six Pack,” that he’s got what it takes to make it as a solo artist.
Songwriting skills that incorporate all the inbuilt pop hooks needed to get onto mainstream radio. Clever, heartfelt lyrics that make their mark. Plus an endearing voice that perfectly fits the alternative pop/rock idiom.
Quite honestly, Kyley Styles has done exactly what he’s had to do. The rest is up to you…
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