The twangy jangle-pop of Blue Plutos was always very enjoyable to me — particularly the track “Shadow Chateau“, which is recommended listening to all. With a sound reminiscent of Felt, The Go-Betweens, The Church and other ’80s jangle-pop greats, they really struck a sweet spot. So I was delighted to find out that one of Blue Plutos’ members, Tyler Agnew, started another project called Everyday Life alongside lifelong friend Tana Sirois, who provides delicate vocals throughout. While not as jangly or poppy as Blue Plutos, the project shows Agnew’s songwriting with the most affecting emotional resonance and atmospheric power to date.
Their new release is a 6-song effort called Cycles, centered around the theme of growing older, but not as gracefully as hoped. Recorded in early 2015 in Agnew’s Brooklyn apartment, the release’s sound merges several of Agnew’s inspirations, particularly that of ambient music and samplers, who mesh with his admiration for singer-songwriters in the vein of Elliott Smith and Dan Fogelberg. Standout track “Spinning Wheels” rides on lively acoustic strums, with a feel reminiscent of Elliott Smith’s most melodic material.
Stream the rest of Cycles below: