Andrew Stonestreet and Daniel Dixon of Greylag are excited to announce the release of their debut EP, The Only Way To Kill You, due out May 1st on Ninth Street Opus Records. The first track, “Black Crow,” is available for free on Spinner.com. Although new on paper, the Portland, Oregon-based duo is the product of a multi-year, cross-country journey of friendship, emotional trial and self-refinement that while finally complete, is really only just beginning.
Andrew and Daniel entered each other’s musical wavelengths in 2007 through a mutual acquaintance. When they started playing music together, the two immediately were attracted to each other’s sensibilities, and their friendship quickly followed suit. From February to April 2010 the duo knocked out 20 to 30 songs. The most refined of which, with the help of newfound producer/friend Sebastian Rogers, became, The Only Way To Kill You.
Greylag’s sound hinges on the pair’s meditative, hymn-like vocal harmonies, complimented by folksy, bluesy runs on the acoustic guitar. Along with the help of local musicians who regularly join them on tour, the duo laid down the album in four days. Stonestreet is hesitant to compare Greylag to other artists, but name-checks the likes of Wilco, Feist and Grizzly Bear as inspirations.
“Greylag makes music that wisely avoids any attempt to replicate traditional folk tropes, instead focusing efforts on creating a warm ambience of airy harmonies, gentle guitars and distantly chugging drums.” – Weekly Volcano
In the past year, Greylag has built up a following in their home base of the Pacific Northwest, reaching sell-out status in Portland and winning over audiences on tours throughout the western U.S. and Canada. Last fall, Greylag was part of the west coast leg of the Gomez and Kopecky Family Band tour and will play the Sasquatch Music Festival in May.