Written by: Jen Dan
Alt-folk singer-songwriter Kyle Britton will be releasing his debut EP, Riddle, in late July. He enlisted a talented roster of guest musicians to play with him on the EP, including Kyle Crane on drums (Daniel Lanois, Elle King) and violist Ginny Luke (Rihanna, Dave Matthews Band). Renowned engineer Darryl Swann (Macy Gray) was also brought on board to bring out Britton’s evocative vocal sound.
Britton is a storyteller at heart and he blends stark lyrics with his plaintive vocals and wandering folk guitar sonics. His recent single Villain stomps with emphatic briskness, centered on guitar strum, winding viola, drum thump, and Britton’s exclaimed vocals. The lyrics of “Villian” encompass Britton’s (or his protagonist) dramatic confession, the defiant admission that, “I’m a villain!” His terse words rub up roughly against the sweeter viola and guitar lines and are punctuated by the strong drum beat.
It’s possible that growing up in a military family influenced Britton’s desire for non-conformity and individuality. Britton explains, “I grew up with my dad telling me that if music is not evoking an emotional response it’s not doing its job.” Britton is finally achieving his life-long dream with the upcoming release of Riddle. His reflective musings are a search for understanding and he takes the listener along with him on the journey.