Southern Resident Killer Whales

Minneapolis acoustic indie rocker and songwriter Dan Hylton’s newest effort is Craft Pop quartet Southern Resident Killer Whales. “And if the phrase ‘Craft Pop’ evokes something between a workbench and great deal of focused labor and, well, a fine beer, that’s sort of the point,” writes locally-based Camden News.

Musically, Hylton’s catchy yet sophisticated acoustic-driven pop arrangements sound something like a slightly offbeat Glen Hansard meets a slightly upbeat Morrissey. Living in the melody! And keeping things interesting with horn arrangements sprinkled here and the there, sometimes soft and sometimes ramping things up to rock about as hard as you can imagine a song with an acoustic rhythm guitar rocking. Lyrically, Hylton bares all with a words that alternate between potent advocacy and often with an almost embarrassing level of intimacy. He strives to write the
sort lyrics that, in his words, “make people feel like they just had a conversation with a really good friend:” According to

MN music media:
“…fresh, smart, yet deeply personal and emotional words capturing life’s significant moments and its lessons taught”
(Christine Mlodzik, Rift Magazine)

“Hylton makes an indelible mark...balances quirky humor, clever slice-of-life observations, and raw emotion.”
(Peter Vallely, MPR 89.3 The Current)

The formally-trained multi-instrumentalist trio of Aaron Johnson (guitar, horns), Mark Anderson (bass, horns,marimba), and Krista Johnson (drums, percussion, keys) add a depth of training and theory to Hylton’s varied original works. Southern Resident Killer Whales represents what Hylton expects will be the best and most cohesive collaborative effort in realizing his Craft Pop vision yet. As to how it compares to his previous band, Dan Hylton and the Ghostrunners? In his words, “A little less introspective, a little more trippy.”

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