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by John Dyer

"Just when you think pop music has become formula - along comes 'Gostayplay'. -Tom Semioli, Amplifier Magazine
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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1. Airtime
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2. Moving Fast
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3. Nick (Song for Nick Drake)
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4. Shybreeze
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5. Ocean of You
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6. Surely It'll Shine Through
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7. Two Can Play Too
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8. Center to Hold
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9. Hot Owl
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10. Accord
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11. Gostayplay
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Album Notes
BEST ALBUM Finalist (Folk/ Singer - Songwriter). Idependent Music Awards. "John Dyer - Gostayplay"

HONORABLE MENTION - BEST SONG - PERFORMANCE. International Songwriters Competition. “John Dyer - Hot Owl”

"TOP TEN INDIE RELEASE" - Todd Mack, Off the Beat-n-Track

"If you dig the 'old-school' of singer-songwriters who nimbly traversed genres but never lost their true identity and artistic vision - think Steve Goodman, Loudon Wainwright III, Leonard Cohen, Tim Buckley, and her holiness Joni Mitchell, then 'Gostayplay' is your cup of meat. Dyer’s wordplay, cinematic arrangements, and sinewy melodies are the stuff of a grand statement, yet the multi-instrumentalist (along with the help of some truly talented sidemen) pulls it off almost effortlessly. Just when you think pop music has become formula - along comes 'Gostayplay'." -Tom Semioli, Amplifier Magazine

"'Gostayplay' immediately caught my attention...Dyer writes in a style closer to that of a poet than a pop star, yet his songs are memorable and quite melodic throughout. Be ready for a moving experience." - Joseph A. Italiano, Skope Magazine

“A passionate array of music that scores emotions and tugs at heartstrings, 'Gostayplay' showcases John Dyer’s passion for writing music. His songwriting is hot and has a certain flair to it that breathes life into each note that he strums. Great music that is as catchy as it is dynamic." J- Sin/ Smother Magazine

“Dyer has an unusual yet compelling vocal style and insightful lyrics. His storytelling has an animated, down home flavor. Dyer's 'Gostayplay' is diverse & dramatic....a creative mix of sleepy textures & tones. It takes many interesting turns.....a striking combination of horns and rhythms floating into breezy vocals and whistling.....the spirit of train movement." - Laura Turner Lynch,

“Upbeat folk artists are hard to come by, and John Dyer is the head of that unfound clan. Bluesy riffs that have a power pop jab, Dyer is more than just the traditional folk hippie feel, to transquote John Travolta ‘he’s like wax museum with a pulse’. Dyer is a writer on the cusp of sincere indie success." - Brian Rutherford. Music Emissions

“Really cool. The first cut Airtime grabs you and lets you know that John is the real deal. His vocal is engaging, and the production offers just enough ear candy here and there to allow the listener to discover new things down the road." - Chris Mara, Bitchin' Music Reviews

"John Dyer's CD 'GoStayPlay' is as loaded with walls of sound as an early Phil Spector production. The artist uses multiple layers of instruments and electronic sounds, allowing his reedy, high voice to float sometimes above and sometimes within the sound patterns. 'Air Time,' the opening number, is a beautiful ballad that builds a hopeful and optimistic mood as Dyer sings about ways to carry on when things get tough. As in his tribute to Nick Drake, Nick - he creates moments of beauty." - Michael Scott Cain,

"It's the kind of album you can hear best out of the corner of your eye - look away and the elusive beauty of suggestion floats right by." - Charles Jones, Synergen

B I O:

John Dyer is a progressive vocalist, guitarist, and lyricist whose ventures include solo and ensemble performances as well as composing and performing for live theater & dance productions. A visual artist and self - taught musician, Dyer is a prolific writer and seasoned performer. Over the past sixteen years, as an independent artist, he has crafted a substantial catalogue of songs, performed nearly six hundred shows, recorded twelve albums, and presented sixteen theatrical commissions. Founder of the popular Texas-based band Drama Tiki (1992-1998), Dyer, a native southerner, spent three years contributing to and being nurtured by the music scene in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, before moving to Brooklyn in 2002. In New York he has performed at the Knitting Factory, Tonic, Living Room, St. Ann's Warehouse, and Galapagos Art Space.

Dyer is a contemporary Singer-Songwriter. He is a classic writer in that his songs are built on the foundation of movement & melody, yet his approach and delivery are unique. His formative years spent drawing, painting and creating in a theatrical context have led to a strong visual sensibility that is evident in all of his writing. His lyrics are poetic and the images are rich. Primary influences include the likes of Paul Simon, David Byrne, Tom Waits, Lou Reed, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Lennon/ McCartney, John Coltrane, and Nick Drake. Dyer’s eclectic sound infuses elements of Folk, Rock, Experimental, Jazz, Blues & Pop.

Solo recordings include One Among (2000), Phantom Fire (2003) and Gostayplay (2004) - named a Best Album Finalist (Folk/ Singer-Songwriter category) at the 2006 Independent Music Awards and sited as a "Top Ten Indie Release" on Todd Mack's "Off the Beat-n-Track" radio show. Dyer’s song Hot Owl (from the CD Gostayplay) received Honorable Mentions in both the International Songwriting Competition - for Best Song/Performance - (2005), and The 11th Annual Unisong International Song Contest - for AAA/Americana - (2006-2007).

He is the recipient of two Meet The Composer Grants through the Home For Contemporary Theatre & Art for Lake Simons’ What's Inside the Egg? (2003) and the Simons/ Dyer adaptation of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (2006), He has received Dallas/Fort Worth Critic's Forum Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Design for the Original Music of Alice…(2003) and for Outstanding New Play ‘03 –‘04 for Up in Auntie’s Attic (A Gentle Haunting) written & directed by Johnny Simons. Dyer was commissioned by Hip Pocket Theatre to write the title song for Lake Simon’s adaptation of Mr. Peabody & The Mermaid (2005) and has had the pleasure of clowning in Matthew Acheson’s Dream Life of A Garden Gnome (2005). He served as musical director for several productions by North Carolina’s Paper Hand Puppet Intervention; Haw River Puppet Show
(1999), The Unexpected Journey (1999), Tea Time (2000), A Very Old Unfinished Story (2000), & Uprising (2001) and has provided live accompaniment for dance in Choreo Collective’s Recollection (2001) and Thread Dance Theatre’s Gather (2004). Dyer recently collaborated with Luminescent Orchestrii’s Rima Fand on music for How I Fixed My Engine with Rose Water (2006) which was presented by Hip Pocket Theatre in Fort Worth Texas and followed by a run in New York as part of Theatre For The New City’s Voice 4 Puppet Festival - curated by Jane Catherine Shaw & Sarah Provost. An excerpt of White Elephant (2007), Dyer’s latest collaboration with puppeteer/ performing artist Lake Simons, was presented at St. Ann’s Warehouse as part of LABAPALOOZA (2007), curated by Dan Hurlin & David Neumann.

Dyer is the recipient of four ASCAPlus Awards (2004 - 2008). The ASCAPlus Awards Program provides financial support & recognition to active writers in the early to mid stages of their careers and to writers whose main activity is outside of broadcast media. Awards are determined by a panel of distinguished music experts and are based on the activity generated by ASCAP members’ catalogues with emphasis on recent performances.

Dyer is currently juggling a number of recording projects which are at various stages of development, including Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, four-track and ensemble recordings from North Carolina: Mighty Vivid Cricket and Quiet By the Blade, and a handful of new song cycles. In November of 2007 Alice was performed with students of Texas Woman's University with Dyer providing live accompaniment on guitar, percussion, and voice/ narration. White Elephant is a work in progress which Dyer and Simons are further developing as artists in residence (2008) at Dixon Place in New York City.

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Susannah L

John is a musical poet
John Dyer is a musical poet. GOSTAYPLAY is a great album! Buy it and you will have a playful good time.

James M. Russell

An album flowing through stories, philosophies, ruminations. . .
The respect that goes to independent artists is, knowingly, minimal. To support an independent artist is like being a martyr; you only get death in return. So the investments that run through music labels are no surprise in their ingratitude toward indie artists; they’re only signed if the market has proven them to be so. There isn’t an examination of potential, as we allow, of course, to our children in education. We’re a bunch of Social Darwinists in real life. Children are prepared to trample and be denied their gorgeous talents, and the music business should not hold this fate for the innovator in theorizing innocence, John Dyer. His third album, “gostayplay,” is remarkable.

I found myself yesterday in a restaurant near my home. I brought a long Dyer's lyrics for this CD with me, and the sounds still in my head from playing it before. The music stayed with me, and, without the music, I thought I was reading an avant-garde book of poetry or philosophy. With the music, of course, the flaws and depths of exploration were evident. I can't live with the early work; I envy his talent of convergence with his later work. But at lunch, sitting with two friends, the music over us played a song my friend said she "loved" - I heard it all right but was building to be infuriated, midway through the clichéd song. It sounded like Dyer should be playing on there, with his eventual classic "airtime", and also the first track on "gostayplay." I lost myself in my own thoughts that for a moment the Black Eyed Peas above me were Dyer.

"gostayplay" is Dyer's vault. Some of the songs, the early ones, are more experimental than his later solid pieces. He was a young artist then, still trying to make his way. He struggles in his music. His great thing is his ruminations, like on nature in his "Moving Fast" from 1993, written in Texas. The song plays like a philosophy, a sort of literary transcendentalism . . . but Dyer's not admitting that he, unlike Ralph Waldo Emerson, is a transparent eyeball. He's not old enough to really, let's say 'know' like his superiors. When I think of a young Dyer, I think about Dylan, controlled. I don't feel uncomfortable about listening to his music, expecting a yell in the middle of some popular homage, his "Nick". He's not a playboy like Dylan. So true to his innocent heart, Dyer's work wants you to embrace this soulful work.

Everything is for someone on "gostayplay." If it's not specifically dedicated like "Nick," for Nick Drake, a friend and artist who passed on, and beautiful homage to brotherly love, then he calls for something universal in his pieces. Each homage, if not to love, is a dedication to the world. To our thoughts. Dyer is the classic artist in this sense: he portrays the world in this mass chaos that, indeed it is. Like in “Nick” he calls for a general force among denizens of earth. Dyer wants a unity, and Dyer believes there is a unity if we simply believe in love. His philosophy moves in the most open pieces on love, one, “Ocean of You,” ‘for Nancy’, a troubling piece that reflects on his time in a young crisis from 1997. He doesn’t make a spectacular metaphor, because Dyer is a realist. But don't forget the unnoticed, nevertheless, the simple people who can unite a small community or who complete you, like a parent, sibling, lover. Dyer's major statement is on Nick's "thin skin" - it was his death. It asks you the question: do the innocent make it in the long run?

Dyer’s predecessor, Bob Dylan is knowingly thick skinned, a behemoth. "Tambourine Man" was his oft-played accomplishment, a symbolic ode to Dylan’s self-conscious time. How could Dylan not want to preach an anti-war message after all, as a chosen artist, a college drop-out, with the Vietnam War not successful? Folk-rock was the uniting music then, but music so symbolic that people couldn’t be moved. It was Dylan’s masturbatory quality. Though Dylan can last ages, Dyer too will last ages after this album. Neither debunks the other, but their similarities are karma. The rockstar quality applied to Dylan is not applied to Dyer. I'll hear Dylan played and read and documented, but the life of the two is no different. If "go stay play," the title song that closes the album, opens a new dimension for a freedom, allowing for every man for himself, yet each man for each other. Why do we know about this?

Had Dyer blamed someone for something, people would care. But instead his innocence is allowed to go without any sort of reverence. To be young is to not be wise, nor does to have an opinion make a man any more smarter. Dyer’s closest rumination on the bad of the world is the confusion he holds, which, like Dylan as an activist, is Dyer as a comforter. A CD of anthems, odes, and moments of expression he sees daily, “gostayplay” carries symbolism to a dimension many people don’t think about: naivety.

His art is his cover art, his words, his arrangements, his instruments; Dyer's made this calling his life. But what do we neglect? Dyer's not on any sort of subjected playlist on a mega corporation’s radio station that artists of this same spectacular caliber are neglected for those who rot their teeth with their fame. The trend for corporate radio is lacking in nourishment, substituted for entertainment: a playlist of the same artists, not ever room for the type who are emerging, only for the emerging who giant labels wish to have on the radio. Such a capitalistic stance is only blackening the hearts of minds of people who merely want to make music. We can't let America's evolutionary downfalls, like monopolistic corporations and lacking in innovation of tradition, sacrifice those who are truly called to their art. I don't want to meet Dyer working in a check out line at Wal-Mart one day.

B. Amonett

A fine pal être of Jellies and Jams

GOSTAYPLAY is an intimate look into the large burlap sac of Dyer's mind. There we find the seeds of what will be a mosaic forest; lush with texture & emotion that grows like fruit. On GOSTAYPLAY, Dyer has harvested these fruits and made a collection of musical jellys & jams. 
Airtime opens the album strongly. Painting a large landscape to enjoy. The remake of Moving Fast is slick, yet perfectly odd...personifying the hustle and bustle hiding under the skin of a simple life. The album takes it's first dark but lovely breath on Nick. Just when your ears notice the space, Shybreeze stretches the canvas back out with a rich and textured sound that is somehow huge, yet subtle. Ocean of You exudes a whimsical energy while a hint of a sullen mood massages your inner ear with a tale of romance. A quasi-Irish melody drives the Euro-poppish Surely It'll Shine Through. The next dark and lovely breath is exhaled on Hot Owl. This slow polka-esque ditty quickly transports you to a better place. Accord and Gostayplay put the hanky and ascot on this 11 song, "3-piece" album. There are more mosaic forests in the bottom of Dyer's burlap bag. I can't wait to hear their fruit and taste their jams. 
B.Amonett - Goliath Studios...Austin, TX

Laura T Lynch of

Diverse & dramatic !
Dyer crafts colorful songs about life, memories and moments on his eleven-track CD. Dyer has an unusual yet compelling vocal style that revolves around words and the breaking up of syllables to give more meaning to his insightful lyrics. Gostayplay takes many interesting turns. I especially enjoyed "Shybreeze", "Center To Hold" and "Gostayplay". "Shybreeze" starts off with a striking combination of horns and rhythms floating into breezy vocals and whistling. "Center To Hold" captures the spirit of train movement in the rhythm enhanced by the harmonic and sound effects. John's storytelling about letting go has an animated, down home flavor. The title track was a creative mix of sleepy texture and tones, ending the CD on a good note. John Dyer's third release is diverse and dramatic!


music and lyrics dance, joyful and wise, through dyer.
John Dyer's songs hold a masculine presence that soothes and delights. Tantalizes. At times the deep waver of his voice feels like sobbing and smiling could find union at a colorful wedding. Such is this music. Rolling through the mind, like memories of the fantastic and the possible, this record will inspire every time.


Listening to it on a loop
I love that I stumbled upon this in a happenstance way, and yet it is already up there on a par with some of the best albums I've listened to . It inspires me to believe there's much still to be discovered around the corner.
There is range and depth in the songs. It has staying power, the kind of album you'll keep coming back to for years to come.