A multi-instrumentalist, current Meow Wolf artist and College of Santa Fe graduate, Dylan Blanchard has lent his talent as a collaborator to numerous projects over his 17 plus years as a sideman and creative contributor. Most recently he joined Matron Records' Future Scars on keys, joined local indie-rock outfit Ten Ten Division on bass and contributed to garage-pop favorites Treemotel, with more distant contributions to Austin's Tristero (drums), Santa Fe's Babelshack (bass), Danny Whitecotton (drums, keyboards) and the infamous folk/rock orchestra Apple Miner Colony (drums). Now he steps to the front to lead his own project with his forthcoming 7" release, Ghost In Arroyo Hondo (Just One of Many), out on Matron Records on July 6th.
Short but sweet, this two-track debut marks the first time since college that Dylan went into the studio to create something entirely his own and his years of backing up other musicians is evident it the release's clarity and dynamics. Contrasting styles, timbres, and influences all come together to create a sound that is both catchy and dissonant, energetic and dark, joyful and sad. The result is a taste of what will be more to come. You can stream the single exclusively at The Santa Fe Reporter all week before the official release on the 6th.
Matron Records founder Eliza Lutz sat down with Blanchard to discuss the new release and get insight into the writing process, preparing for his upcoming tour and what inspires him. Listen to the full interview below:
In preparation for live performances, Dylan has recruited long time friend and collaborator, Ben Clary (Apple Miner Colony, Bipedal Approach), fellow College of Santa Fe musician, Brendan Carn and Ten Ten Division bandmate, Vonnie Kyle (Vonnie Kyle, Mark Mallman). The new group is currently making ready to hit the road this July with friends and label-mates, Future Scars on a Southern tour. The two groups kick off their tour with Dylan's vinyl release show on Friday, July 6th at Meow Wolf with Denver's Rubedo.