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Tyler Burkhart crafts mesmerizing dream pop on his new album, Sweet Spell

Tyler Burkhart | Photo via tylerburkhart.bandcamp.com
Tyler Burkhart | Photo via tylerburkhart.bandcamp.com

Lancaster is an expansive farming region, showcasing some of Pennsylvania’s finest rolling landscapes. During the summer in suburbs like these, golden fields border you on every side, and the sky opens wide with towering clouds. The surrounding landscape feels intimate, and life can move at a much slower pace than the city.

Tyler Burkhart, a Lancaster native, echoes such notions on his newest effort, Sweet Spell. It’s 11 songs of euphoric, meticulously crafted dream pop that reflect the relaxed nature of suburban living. Continue reading →

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Download the “Live at XPN2” EP from Lancaster singer-songwriter Douglas Thomas (plays Millport Conservancy tonight)

Fans of the greater Philadelphia region’s pool of talented indie-chamber singer-songwriters (see also: Ben Smith, Andrew Lipke) would do well to acquaint themselves with Lancaster newcomer Douglas Thomas. His music is a unique mix of 20th century classical influences, folk-pop song structures and lyrics that find room for both romantic yearning and ecological nerdery. For instance, “Paulownia” – it’s named for a species of tree considered by some to be invasive, others to be a good source of material for making musical instruments, and Thomas turns it into a broader metaphor on top of that. Considering that he focused on both environmental studies and music at Franklin & Marshall, it’s a fitting blend, and Thomas makes it work. This past Tuesday night, he appeared on the air on XPN2 with DJ Adam G, and the live session has already made its way online. Listen below, and grab a free download of it at Thomas’ Bandcamp page. While you’re there, you should also check out Thomas’ brand new Trimmings EP, which is celebrating its release tonight in fittingly pastoral surroundings – the Millport Conservancy in Lititz. Douglas Thomas and Mount Gomery play The Millport Conservancy in Lititz, Pa., tonight at 6 p.m. Admission to the all-ages show is $15.