ABOUT NYTE SKYE AND VANISHING
Ever dream you’re in a spaceship on a never-ending journey to an unknowable destination? That’s how Nyles Lannon often thought of life in the early part of the pandemic, when time seemed to stand still, before the vaccines or even knowing when there might be any. But whether that spaceship is a desolate prison or a vessel for escaping to a better world depends on how you use it. With literally nowhere to go, the Film School guitarist and his then-12-year-old son Skye, on drums and modular synths, would jam most evenings in Nyles’s home studio, just to have something to focus their minds on and counter the tedium of “remote learning.” What started out as a way to keep his talented kid busy became a means to process the anxiety and disorientation of that strange, scary stretch of time. The result is Vanishing, a ten-song album of moody melodies, new wave beats, droney rock, and even an electrogroove instrumental interlude, by the father-son project they named Nyte Skye.
The emotional toll of lockdown, our collective grief, the literal darkness that engulfed the sky thanks to devastating wildfires brought on by climate crisis—these are heavy subjects, but the songs also convey how we managed to keep each other sane, and inspired, through it all. Film School devotees will find plenty to love; so will fans of the Police (Stewart Copeland being one of Skye’s major influences), the Cure, Spiritualized, and Elliott Smith. The album’s opener, “Dream State (I’m Vanishing),” is a wistful synth-driven indie gem about disappearing into an alternate universe where worries don’t exist. “Doing Time,” with its massive washes of 12-string guitar and sophisticated syncopated beat, is a shoegazey meditation on holding onto a child’s sanguine outlook in the face of adversity. If dream pop track “Take Me Up Again” is the album’s bounciest, its counterpoint is “Faded,” whose bittersweet melody and gentle rhythm bely themes of physical and emotional frailty.
Ultimately, not only did working on Vanishing help the duo cope with a uniquely challenging situation, but just being stuck at home helped stoke their creativity. “Music was the only thing I did during the pandemic, besides online school,” Skye says. “It gave us all this time we didn't have before to make the album.” For Nyles—knowing they might never have that kind of time again—to be able to put out a record with his son is, simply, “a dream come true.”
Vanishing was written, recorded, and produced by Nyles Lannon and Skye Lannon and mixed by Dan Long, with additional contributions from Zach Rogue (Rogue Wave), Nichole Kreglow (backup vocals), lyricist Neil Rodenmeyer (Lupa Rosa), and Ian McDonald (FUTRVST).
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Releases January 10, 2023 on Limited Edition 180 gram vinyl, Digital and Streaming
Welcome to the world of Nyte Skye. For their debut album, Film School guitarist Nyles Lannon and his 13 year old son Skye dealt with the psychic heaviness of the first year of the pandemic crafting a stunning collection of shoegaze and new wave influenced indie rock, collaborating with friends Zach Rogue (Rogue Wave), Neil Rodenmeyer (Lupa Rosa), and Ian McDonald (FUTVRST) along the way. From the moody synth pop of opener “Dream State” and reverb drenched waves of “Doing Time” to the dream pop bounce of “Take Me Up Again” Nyte Skye have created both a brillliant pop album and a document of the anxiety and disorientation of our times.
Guided By A Hand
Take Me Up Again
Take Your Love
I'm A Drag
Gonna Be Alright
Two Wolves In The Heart
All songs by Nyles Lannon and Skye Lannon (BMI)
Recorded from 2020 to 2021 at Blue Deer in San Rafael, California
Mixed by Nyles Lannon and Dan Long
Mastered by Will Borza at Borza Mastering
Mastered for vinyl by Dave Gardner at Infrasonic Mastering
Art by Cole Pixel
Photography by Seth Affoumado
Design and Layout by Toddrick Spalding
A&R by Maura Duval Griffin
℗ © 2023 Nyte Skye all rights reserved under exclusive license to Sonic Ritual, an Eternal Music Group LLC company