Straight off the bat, I have to dedicate this to my father, who absolutely adores female singers and is always pressing me to send him these singers to him. I tend to listen to bigger bands mostly, my female singer list is infinitely smaller, but I’ll be proud to say that I have found one for you dad! Full of everything good about solo female artists, piano, whistling, intricate melodies, Dillon is what’s right with the female world. Only 19 years old (much like a young Zola Jesus), German Dillon de Byington is making a scene in the indie world with her creative use of hip-hop beats matched against piano and more pop oriented stylings. Almost like a mini-Bjork, her vocal range is absurdly impressive and her array of instruments is even more so. Opening up with a more minimalistic song, “This Silence Kills” is electronic in nature, but deep within the track are these beats made with her computer, a piano and her voice–nothing intricate at all. Yet, this album blossoms (oh I can’t believe I just used that word) into her intricate world, some of it almost reminding me of a Broadway soundtrack or like previously said, a Bjork album. Totally showy in every aspect, it’s not over-done with cheesy lyrics but the music makes you pay attention–which is hard nowadays. Like another album I recently reviewed, this album changes genres easily and with some kind of flow: at one point Dillon can be doing an Adele soul-inspired song, and then instantly move into an epic pop ballad. Definitely reminiscent of Regina Spektor’s and Kate Nash’s vocals, simplistic yet absolutely gorgeous, Dillon can easily carve out a niche in the indie world, setting herself apart from most female singers who tend to get lumped into one group. So, to all the dad’s out there that love these female singers, this one’s for you. Don’t not listen, it’s too good.
Check out her website here.