LYON Returns With Yet Another Majestic Release, ‘EXODUS’
One of the many pleasures of my job is unearthing the vast hidden talent that the electronic landscape has to offer. In March I discovered a truly innovative musical visionary, Lyon. His release ONYX was a stunning collection of songs that flowed together with an uncanny sense of poetic simplicity. In ONYX, Lyon’s greatest strength was his subtle and minimalist style, which invited the listener to truly lose themselves in the layers of pristine and masterful production. ONYX, in many ways, felt like a secret that Lyon was finally willing to whisper in the ear of a trusted lover: honest, heartfelt and candid. In his latest release EXODUS, Lyon reaches into his bag of tricks and pulls out a glorious roar. EXODUS, like the title implies, is a liberating display of musical dexterity. Where ONYX was mysterious and coy, EXODUS is thrilling and magnetic.
As the drummer for the band SOLARiS, Lyon has a deft touch at creating infectious drum patterns, which are prevalent throughout the entirety of EXODUS. Each song breathes and moves with it’s own identity, but they clearly share the same driving pulse that gives the release an unmistakable character. There is certainly a playfulness from EXODUS that I was not expecting. “Kira” is a bright opening salvo, that greets the listener with an upbeat flair. “Gone Girl” and “Golden Calf” show off Lyon’s lush pad work and ability to create smooth songs with incredible depth. Both tracks are warm and inviting tunes that inspire a sense of wonderment and peace of mind in the listener. “Axis”, “Block Breaker” and “Eagle”, speed up the pace of the album with driving bass lines, haunting samples and soaring builds. These three tracks bring an angst to the release that fans will definitely appreciate and welcome on dance floors around the globe. Lyon continues to mesmerize with “Once”, “Whole World” and my personal favorite “If You’re Gonna Jump…”. These trunes showcase Lyon’s undeniable attention to detail and savvy arrangement, bouncing and chiming with cunning fluidity. The vocals on “If You’re Gonna Jump..” remind me of the retro touch that Pretty Lights often employs, while maintaining the sultry disco attributes that you might find on a Flight Facilities track.
The album comes to a serene close with the title track “Exodus” and “40 Nights (Epilogue)”. “Exodus” hypnotizes with mysterious vocal samples and bass lines that ooze with head-nodding complexity. “40 Nights (Epilogue)” finishes the release with a light, somber touch that is Lyon’s trademark. The delectable last key strokes leave the listener in a ripe and reflective mind set, ready to throw the entire album back on repeat. Lyon has proven with his sophomore album that he is much more than a one trick pony. Although he doesn’t stray very far away from the minimalist beauty that caught my eye, he has expanded his repertoire with this release. I look forward to seeing what D.S. Lyons has in store next for us. Check out EXODUS in it’s entirety below. You can also grab EXODUS here for “name your price”. Don’t sleep on this majestic odyssey through sound.