by Kelsey Radomski at Indie Band Guru
Brooklyn-based songwriter D.K. Lyons adds his new album, The Past (Romanticized), to the list of new music releasing this season. Out June 26, the album contains 12 tracks that capture the carefree spirit of summer.
Although The Past (Romanticized) is his first full-length album, D.K. Lyons is no novice to the world of music. In a recent press release, he confided, “When I was 5 years old I wanted to be a rock star. Haven’t been able to stop writing songs since then.” As proof, many of the trailers for the album feature footage from his own home movies. Tiny D.K. is pictured tottering around, guitar in hand in many of the clips, evoking a sense of warmth and nostalgia.
Heavily influenced by his late father’s love of Tom Petty, D.K. Lyons used this connection to fuel the creation of music that reflects the spirit of home. His songs transport listeners back to the summer where they met their first love, the pain of constant change and growing up, and the buoyant nature of youth.
Much of the album’s sound can be attributed to D.K. Lyons’ diverse taste in music. The artist incorporates rock, synth-pop, bluegrass, country, and even pop punk in The Past (Romanticized). He explains he draws inspiration from role models like Third Eye Blind, Goo Goo Dolls and The 1975. This is evident in tracks using what can be described as a “vintage” guitar sound, like “Sleep With The Lights On” and “Danger.”
The album opens with “The Getaway,” which uses soaring guitar chords to mirror Tom Petty’s signature sound until Lyons joins with what could be described as pop punk vocals. His style of singing is similar to the era of emo-pop bands like We The Kings and Forever The Sickest Kids. In contrast, other tracks like “Perfume” feature a more bluegrass sound, allowing for much more twang.
D.K. Lyons admits this album comes from the heart and that every track pulls on emotions he’s experienced first-hand. The Past (Romanticized) is a direct window into his heart. It is personal, no-holds-barred closeness. Listen to the whole album now on Spotify and SoundCloud.