Dept. Of Disappearance [Deluxe Edition]
by Jason Lytle
Released: Oct 2012
Grandaddy frontman Jason Lytle had a pretty rad 2012 -- his beloved NorCal trucker-hats-in-a-video-arcade crew reunited after six years for a handful of victory-lap shows. But this solo album is an exquisite bummer all the same, full of soft acoustic strums, digital bloops and affably sighed pathos. Lovelorn-slacker ballad "Somewhere There's a Someone" is the heartbreaker, tentative self-help anthem "Get Up and Go" the uplifting antidote. Picture a very gentle, very likable, very sad man playing Atari one-player in the deep wilds of his new Montana home. Then pick up a controller and join him.