Hope you feel ready for tonight’s exclusive from New Mexico-based, project BYLAND (the cinematic folk/indie-rock project of Alie Renee Byland) and the audiovisual whildwind of emotions ‘Passed Me By‘. The warm & expressive vocals team up admirably with the rich instrumentation, while the piano and the violin gradually amplify the tension in a hollow, sacred way, that the listener will glibly accept.

I recently had this sensation of feeling like I had just woken up and ten years had passed me by. It was shocking to realize everything that had happened during the past decade. It’s not that I was disappointed with or ungrateful for who I am or where I’m at. I just felt like life had happened TO me and I wasn’t in control..”

She continues, ““Passed Me By” was written as a personal commitment to being present, in the moment, and in my body. I often subconsciously think that I have all the time in the world to do what I want to do and become who I want to become. I don’t. Time is constantly passing me by. Growth takes intention. It takes owning each moment and being present in my own life.” – Alie Renee Byland

Needless to say that the visualizer, directed by Jake Byland, adds up to the final result, making ‘Passed Me By‘ one of the vital experiences of 2020. Bewitched!

Press Notes:

(New York, NY) Albuquerque, New Mexico-based, BYLAND, the cinematic folk/indie-rock project of Alie Renee Byland, announces her second single “Passed Me By,” from her first studio record, GRAY, out on October 2nd, 2020. Previously featured on outlets like American Songwriter, KUPR, Woodinville Weekly, Mystic Sons, Albuquerque Journal, among others, BYLAND is ready to go national with GRAY.

Byland states, “I recently had this sensation of feeling like I had just woken up and ten years had passed me by. It was shocking to realize everything that had happened during the past decade. It’s not that I was disappointed with or ungrateful for who I am or where I’m at. I just felt like life had happened TO me and I wasn’t in control..”

She continues, ““Passed Me By” was written as a personal commitment to being present, in the moment, and in my body. I often subconsciously think that I have all the time in the world to do what I want to do and become who I want to become. I don’t. Time is constantly passing me by. Growth takes intention. It takes owning each moment and being present in my own life.”

When describing the song’s production, Byland highlights that “the song’s eerie strings are one note the entire song, and slowly build into a swelling chord, and at the very height of the song, fade out just as they came, signaling the arc of life, and how we often do not feel time passing. Together with the talented Nate Yaccino, in addition to two powerful women, Meagan Grandall and Abby Gundersen, the song paints a picture of the uncontrollable nature of time, crashing into a grounded and resolute person who feels the weight of their place and reason for being here. “Passed Me By” empowers me to take responsibility for my own happiness, knowing that I don’t have control over the time that is constantly passing.

Departing from the reflective and sentimental nature of BYLAND’s earlier work, GRAY turns the focus inward with a vulnerable and unidealized approach. The album is driven by cinematic soundscapes, accompanied by timeless arrangements and distinct composition. The record has the masterful touches of producer and multi-instrumentalist Nathan Yaccino, along with additional mixing by Andy Park, and the careful mastering of Ed Brooks. Notable contributors alongside Alie include a lineup of powerful females – Jessica Dobson, Meagan Grandall, and Abby Gunderson. But, the focal points of GRAY are the lush, stirring vocals and the depth of emotion that the lyrics convey.

Making mental health a priority is a focal point of GRAY, with topics like anxiety, codependency, and fear of inadequacy at the forefront. The album makes honest and intimate statements like, “My wall of smiling is making a hole in me” and “Are you okay? It’s alright if you’re not”. It lets you in on self-satirical, internal conversations like “As long as you are okay, maybe I don’t have to be” or “If you believe in me, maybe I don’t have to”. GRAY highlights the notion that acknowledging what we feel is extremely empowering and creates in us an awareness of the space our feelings occupy – space that belongs to us.

Throughout these songs, the central songwriter recounts that she often avoids things that aren’t black or white, because it’s easier to compartmentalize experiences than feel two things at once. While writing this record, she sat with her feelings and tried to write songs that were raw, often about what she was going through right then. By being honest with her feelings and giving a voice to her often unquestioned thoughts, she hopes others might be inspired to do the same, because although it’s difficult, it’s important to process.

Stay tuned for more announcements throughout 2020 from BYLAND and stream “Passed Me By,” out everywhere on August 28th, 2020.

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https://www.bylandmusic.com/

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