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Los Angeles, CA | Established. Jan 01, 2017 | SELF

Los Angeles, CA | SELF
Established on Jan, 2017
Solo Alternative Adult Contemporary


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Don't Be Sad Dance (2017)

Track List:

  1. 6/7 Behind the Wheel (L. Roeder)
  2. Rose Glasses (L. Roeder)
  3. Back Home (L. Roeder, C. Güntert)
  4. Work on Yourself (L. Roeder)
  5. Behind the Wheel (L. Roeder)
  6. The Vamp (L. Roeder)
  7. Try Me (L. Roeder)
  8. L.A. (L. Roeder, B. Bloom)


Don’t Be Sad Dance is an attempt to let love cut through the cacophony of loss. The maximalist opening of “Rose Glasses” falls into the nostalgic melancholy of “Back Home.” The Cohenesque nakedness of “Try Me” moves into the driving, half celebratory choruses of “L.A.” Written and recorded in late 2016 in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington D.C., Don’t Be Sad Dance is the debut solo album of Lyell, whose recent work has been with electronic pop duo Tigers Are Bad For Horses.


Lyell Evans Roeder: Voice, vocoder, guitar, piano, synths, bass, drum machine
Caroline Güntert: Voice on “Back Home” and “L.A.”
Aaron Johnson: Drums on “Rose Glasses” and “Behind the Wheel”
Evan Field: Guitar on “Rose Glasses”
Aamir Javaid: Tenor saxophone on “Behind the Wheel”
Ben Bloom: Production on "L.A." and "The Vamp"

Written, produced, mixed, and engineered by Lyell Evans Roeder
Mastered by Ben Mangold

Special thanks to Ben Bloom, Parker Woodworth, Evan Israel, and Nicholas Sennott

For Erin.



Lyell grew up outside Boston, MA, and began his career in music in Washington, D.C. working as a producer and performing as a jazz pianist. In 2014 he began working with vocalist Mary Ellen Funke and their acclaimed electronic duo Tigers Are Bad For Horses has gone on to play shows all over the country, sharing stages with artists that include Misterwives, Gallant, Questlove, Wale, and numerous others. Their debut E.P. TABFH and subsequent single "Embers" have received hundreds of thousands of listens online and wide acclaim in their hometown of Washington and beyond.

Lyell moved to Los Angeles in late 2016 where he wrote and recorded his first solo album, Don't Be Sad Dance, an 8 track work informed by his experiences producing across genres and writing and recording with Tigers Are Bad For Horses.  Don't Be Sad Dance will be available worldwide on February 14th, 2017.

Outside of his solo work and his work with Tigers Are Bad For Horses, Lyell works as a composer for film and as a producer.

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