Cyrus Lee was born in Lansing, Iowa, and spent the first years of his life on the banks of the Mississippi river. His mother's piano playing, a mix of Czech folk melodies and American standards had a heavy and formative influence on his musical tastes. Cyrus' first substantial collaboration with Sether T. Bonte, an acquaintance and fellow dropout from Luther College, took place in the former gas station they shared as a residence in Spillville, Iowa. It was here that the two developed the musical strategy and theory of 'Chromatic Transubstantiation.' Among other high jinks they were said to have urinated regularly on the side of the Dvorak home in Spillville in an effort to "retroactively pollute the dominant 7 chord." The desire to confuse temporal causal relationships is a reoccurring theme in Lee's work.
His current New York City based band is comprised of artists and sometimes musicians with backgrounds in opera, the visual arts, public service, and the luxury goods industry. They play with a variously studied style and a soulful intuition summoned by a self indulgence that is as arduous in its cloying romanticism as it is easy in it's casual impetuousness. Despite the band naming New York City as its home, Cyrus spends most of his time writing and rehearsing in upstate New York on a Vose and Sons piano. To pass the time he enjoys identifying conifers, birds, and mammals, and smoking trout.
released March 13, 2016
Cyrus Lee (vocals, piano, electric piano, synthesizer, guitar, electric guitar, bass, lap steel, conduitophone, timpani, percussion)
Sether T. Bonte (guitar, electric guitar, bass, saxophone, mandolin, timpani, percussion)
Nathan Gwynne (drums)
Melissa (piano, electric piano, organ, electric guitar)
David Ording (piano)
Butler (bass, electric guitar, lap steel)
Darby Cicci (trumpet)
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