Clean Equations
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Now here's the tricky part, not sounding biased. Well frankly it's pretty easy when you're a total music snob.

But the album is good. The cacophony of sounds in each respective track, mixed with Nyhan's soft yet scratchy vocals, make the music seemingly tangible.

Ohio Turnpike reminds me somewhat of Death Cab's Transatlanticism (song not album), which is probably much to Nyhan's dismay, but honestly it's not a bad thing.

Achieving that kind of sorrowful anguish that can really only be captured by pure harmonic asymmetry is something that can take a lifetime to master and rarely is accomplished.

Clean Equations reminds me of a highly processed troubadour, wielding stories of love, loss and anguish throughout its six track record.

Alison is admittedly one of my favored tracks with its invasive look into a past tryst, and Bellingham, WA's staccato tangents leave me craving a sequel.

For a premier EP, Clean Equations puts forth a good show. The seething sound of instrumentals variegated with Nyhan's hollow vocals provides a peerless mixture for an album of this caliber. - Detroit Plaid City

"Clean Equations Self-Titled Debut EP"

Continuing with our fascination with global melodic ramblings, Clean Equations provide a comforting mixture of indie styles and grace. This record genuinely benefits from multiple plays, teamwork and impressive engineering. - Mojophenia

"Rawkblogs- First Look: Clean Equations – “Clean Equations” EP"

Frustrated as I often am with the insubstantial trends of modern-era indie rock, for those interested in tapping into actual underground music, it’s a bit of a golden age. Take Clean Equations’ self-titled debut, an indie-pop EP that draws equally on the sophisticated nerd-outs of Built to Spill and Grandaddy and the more majestic aspirations of bands like Explosions in the Sky. It’s hard to imagine this release being made before 2009; it’s also hard to imagine it soundtracking a $250,000 Vice party. Good thing music speaks for itself. - Rawkblogs

"PowerPop Overdose"

Unique, moody instrumentals and vocals highlight the debut release from Clean Equations. Mike Nyhan, vocals / guitar / keyboards, has brought in the reinforcements including Nero Catalano on bass (722), Gretchen Lohse on vocals (Yellow Humphrey), Geoff Morrissey on guitar (Law of the Sea), Jonas Oesterle on drums, Jo Schornikow on piano (The Shivers), and Jim Thomas on organ / piano / keyboard (Blue Floor Music), to make this an impressive, and polished, expansive head-trip! For after dinner, late night entertainment or to engage pleasent daydreams, Clean Equations features well-written, gorgeous, harmony-filled, music that will stay with you long after your first listen! The music and vocal harmonies are heavenly throughout. -Curty Ray - PowerPop Overdose


Clean Equations- Clean Equations EP

French Noise Piece available on the State Capital Field Recordings vinyl compilation



Clean Equations began as the solo project of vocalist / guitarist / keyboardist / general noisemaker Mike Nyhan. Between constant travel as a full time chemical engineer, Mike managed to compile a plethora of poorly recorded demos from his life on the road. Upon returning to Philadelphia in early 2009, Mike and long time friend / producer / State Capital Records guy Dan Hewitt began crafting the best of these demos into what would become Clean Equations first proper release, a six song, 21 minute self titled EP...Clean Equations.

Recruiting an impressive lineup of new and old friends from Philadelphia and New York City, the EP features Mike Nyhan on vocals / guitar / keyboards, Nero Catalano on bass (722), Gretchen Lohse on vocals (Yellow Humphrey), Geoff Morrissey on guitar (Law of the Sea), Jonas Oesterle (The Teeth) on drums, Jo Schornikow (The Shivers) on piano, and Jim Thomas on organ / piano / keyboard (Blue Floor Music).

Clean Equations are influenced by such diverse bands as Joy Division, Ariel Pink, Guided by Voices, the Bats, Grandaddy, Destroyer, Far, Ester Drang, Sufjan Stevens, the American Analog Set, the Eels, Suicide, Broken Social Scene, Les Savy Fav, the Walkmen, and the Dismemberment Plan. Their music has been favorably compared to early Death Cab for Cutie, Galaxie 500, and American Football with subtle hints of the Appleseed Cast and the Smashing Pumpkins.