Alt-pop/alt-rock singer-songwriter T.J. Doyle recently dropped a new single, entitled “Lullaby,” featuring T.J. Doyle (vocals, acoustic guitar), Tim Pierce (electric guitars), Phil Parlapiano (music box, strings), Reggie McBride (bass), and David Raven (drums).
Having lived in five different cities on the East Coast by the time he was 10-years-old, T.J. Doyle now resides near the Angeles National Forest above L.A., where he composes music reminiscent of the ‘60s, full of tasty melodies and genuine sonic surfaces.
His smooth original sound has obtained beau coup popularity. Two tracks – “Everything” and “Living In Our Dream” – from his second album took the number on spot on Radio Indie’s Top 40 Chart, along with having his song “Anonymous,” a tribute to those who feel marginalized, nominated for the Round Glass Award.
The result is gorgeously irresistible and seductive.
Doyle’s distinctive voice frequently conjures up comparisons to Neil Young, but as he says, “That’s the way I sing. Can’t help it.”
“Lullaby” opens on a cool, velvety Americana melody flavored with creamy country filaments. A plump bass line and lightly crunching drums provide the rhythmic foundation, as wavering tremolo-heavy guitars glide atop, exuding dreamy, scrumptious harmonic flows. Softly gleaming strings infuse the tune with silky gentle suffusions.
A yearning, drawling guitar solo imbues the harmonics with indulgent hues, coruscating with lingering timbres, as Doyle’s voice soars on tones of slightly rasping essence, supplying the song with elusively devout washes of sound, tantalizing and exquisitely beautiful.
There’s a magical quality to the combination of Doyle’s sui generis voice and the drifting stream of the music, like merging the creamy heart of dream-pop with SoCal soft rock, adding luminous strings and alluring alt-country textures, and injecting it with lambent intimacy. The result is gorgeously irresistible and seductive.
“Lullaby” is marvelously wrought, projecting supple wafting dynamics, complex layers of color, and the wonderfully distinctive voice of T.J. Doyle.
by: Randy Radic