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words & music

by Peter Oyloe

Peter Oyloe provides for the listener a beautiful male voice lending itself to rich text in a wash of competent and finely crafted instrumentation.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Long After It's Gone
6:37 $0.99
2. Coffee in the Morning
4:53 $0.99
3. Dreaming of the Underwater
5:35 $0.99
4. I Didn't Know
5:02 $0.99
5. Maybe
4:25 $0.99
6. Further From the Coast
3:41 $0.99
7. They Follow Sails
5:06 $0.99
8. The Snow is Quiet
4:34 $0.99
9. My Bathe With You
6:08 $0.99
10. I Am
6:42 $0.99
11. All My Life
4:17 $0.99
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Album Notes
Peter Oyloe's debut album, words & music, is precisely crafted and fueled by a captivating and rare talent. By his own words, Oyloe is "an old soul, raised on homegrown goats milk and thoughtful solitude, whose love of love and people is constant and strong."

Perhaps it's the well-tended, organic Iowa roots that have enabled Oyloe's talents to far exceed most of his contemporaries. For an industry that has been heavily polluted with the mass marketed-whir of overproduced pop singers or the homogenous drone of the Indie scene (the title of which loses meaning daily as its forefront members become increasingly featured on MTV and mainstream radio), Oyloe's arrival in the music world is a long awaited breath of fresh air.

Oyloe grew up listening to his father's record albums and came to love such music as The Beatles, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Cat Stevens and Michael Martin Murphy's "Geronimo's Cadillac". Buying his first guitar for ten dollars, he was compelled to start playing and writing immediately and begin his search for the perfect melody, one he has yet to satisfy.

Through his music, Oyloe plays tribute to those he admires while managing to keep the sound his own and something hand-tailored for the modern day. His lyrics are clearly-focused, revealing simple truths grounded in the enigma of fierce emotional intimacy: lost loves, personal challenges, misunderstanding, lies and unrealized dreams. "My music haunts me," Oyloe says. "It frustrates me, it is soothing and challenging, dangerous and disastrous, beautiful and bland"

Oyloe's vocal talents fall easily into the ranks of legends such as Jeff Buckley and James Taylor, saturating every song with lush melodies, sometimes soaring and crooning and sometimes delicate and understated. His vocal ranges alone traverse a broad spectrum of emotion, at times dark and contemplative, reflecting the stark honesty and ardor Oyloe brings to his music, and other times driven by an upward grace and sweeping romanticism.

words & music technically isn't the first album Oyloe has worked on. He previously recorded a full-length album with college-friend Tommy Mokas and their group, Coldwater Poets. However, due to lack of funding and Oyloe's decision to move to New Zealand, the project was never able to be released. It was in New Zealand that Oyloe pushed the boundaries of his artistry in several compelling and remarkable directions-being cast as Marius in the country's production of Les Miserables, he added to a long list of credentials as a actor/musical theatre singer, Oyloe also traveled extensively, where he found much of the time and inspiration to write and compose his own music.

What makes words & music even more remarkable is that it is entirely self-produced and recorded locally and comes with the support of several local area musicians.

The beauty and magnitude of Oyloe's talents are sure to raise the standards in the music industry of today and for generations to come.



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Oyloe's capacity for self-reflection assures us that we are in good company,
I was listening late the other night to an old folk tune, a song from a different time, and thinking that the role of that artist wasn't that of a removed icon but of a kind of shepherd - one to bring the losses and gifts of people's real lives into melody and verse. I realized that this is what Peter Oyloe has done in his album of today, "words & music." He has somehow managed to tell life-stories that listeners will recognize as their own - the questing and knowing, all bittersweet and in love. Oyloe's capacity for self-reflection assures us that we are in good company, that this shifting world has not yet lost all curious ones. His voice, like his lyrics, is genuine and true to the emotion of his songs, sometimes soothing, sometimes entreating. The journey of the near-hour brings you into your own complexity for a time, bades you to ask of it what you will. It invites us to know the many veiled dimensions of this life. The musicians supporting Oyloe know the way to a landscape of the mind. They skillfully express the rooms, plains, and colors of his work. Where it all meets, we are charged with the task of opening our humble selves, of knowing each other more truthfully, and of growing wizer.


Just what I expected...
...a fantastic example of musicianship and soul from the very talented Mr. Oyloe. Beautiful, moving, clever, and perfect for listening to around the house on a lazy Saturday afternoon. Would recommend this album to anyone... and I will!

Phillip Fivel Nessen

I’ve heard he owns a pair of fake leather pants...
Song titles like “The Snow is Quiet” are risky business as they carry with them a vague familiarity to the gently floating, slow and feelingless balladry that easily falls into the category of terrible stock songs, the kind that are mailed to radio stations on cassettes with ink jet printed inserts with pictures of prairies and bad type that quickly find their way to the trash bin, their cases confiscated to protect a Bad Brains mixtape on its journey to a pen pal in Argentina. But this song is not that, instead it’s a gin and tonic fueled romp through a really good Christmas party, capturing honest, pleasant feelings of admiration and flirtation that have proven to be incommunicable by contemporary singer song writers. Perhaps the albums best lyrical moment is found here, where Peter sings “I am around and under, you are over and bellow.” His exceptional voice is always used to best effect when he gives the inner monologue of self-evident imagery a rest and taps into the greater potential of metaphors. In many ways the discrepancy between “Snow”’s title and its content represents the disk as a whole; Peter isn’t influenced by garage rock, he isn’t singing about breasts, whiskey, or paychecks, I’ve heard he owns a pair of fake leather pants but I doubt he’s ever worn a skinny tie or a cowboy hat, and so his music is at great risk of falling into the category of awful songs mentioned before, but against these odds he transcends his lot and has created a disk of astonishing sincerity and quality. Although the first track is a throwaway, with lyrics both incoherently written and also mixed at an incoherent level, which is shame because nonetheless there are a exquisite music call and lyrics moments that might have been complimented better, the remainder of the disk is of significantly better quality. The more focused production on “Coffee in the Morning,” “Dreaming of the Underwater,” and “Maybe” certainly allows the vocals to shine. But the standouts are found on the second half of the disk. The track to which I am most partial, “Further From the Coast,” could be a drowned man’s recollection of a life lived well as he falls league after league to the ocean floor. The track not only features beautiful and brilliantly balanced instrumentation, the kind that you hear and the classic singer song writer albums, with a great compliment found in the pairing of finger style guitar playing with something that has to be the pizzicato strings of a cello and other truly fantastic string work. “They Follow Sails,” features a less content narrator, and is the only time the disk dips into the realm of the painful. “I Am” is the CDs best track, the lyrics are the most sincere, and powerful, the music is perfect, and the yodel in the middle is to die for.

Charlie Langton

Oyloe's Words & Music will become part of the soundtrack of your interior life.
When you listen to Words & Music for the first time, if you know nothing of Peter Oyloe, you may think you’ve stumbled late upon a seasoned song-writer and start scouring the records bins for his early albums. But amazingly Words & Music is Oyloe’s first, and it will leave you hungering for more.
Oyloe’s songs are undeniably infectious and poetic, but I have to apologize immediately for using those words, for they can be as misleading as they are accurate.
The songs are not malignantly infectious, like a Carpenters ditty. They are more insidiously yet salubriously so — entering somehow along your spinal chord and remaining there until a quiet moment, when they resurface again almost neurally to enhance the pleasure of your solitude. You do not hum an Oyloe tune while caught in traffic, tapping your fingers on the steering wheel. His songs become instead a part of the soundtrack of your interior life.
The lyrics are full of stunning images, evocative lines. They are poetic — but they are not poetry. I do not think most of them would have a comparable effect printed alone on a page, nor should they. Instead, they are truly lyrics, melded inseparably to the music, each augmenting the other and creating more meaning (and more pleasure) than each could convey alone. This is what song-writing is all about.
Which brings us to the music itself: It’s an alternately delicate and funky combination of folk, jazz, and rock elements — but saying that may be misleading, too. For, ultimately, Words & Music is a syncretistic fusion of such disparate influences as Tim Buckley (only us oldies may remember), Natalie Merchant, REM, David Gray, Tracy Chapman, James Taylor, and Nickel Creek. You may hear others. Yet this is not a derivative album in any sense. It is built upon the past, not a copy of it. That makes Words & Music as intelligent in its composition as it is a sheer joy to hear.
One word about the band. It’s accomplished and tight, thinking only to serve each song as best it can. These are talented musicians, and (I hope they forgive me for saying so) all of them are substantially older and more experienced than the young man they are backing. They actually sound like they are playing on the album because they believe in the material and recognize the fledgling genius of the young man who composed it. Listening to Words & Music, you will recognize it, too.

Liz Kaye

Peter is the best folk singer I've heard in decades.
I first heard Peter's music on a music based website. Out of the thousands of singers on the site, he quickly became my favourite. I am a child of the 60's and 70's, so grew up listening to folk music. Peter easily compares with the greatest from that generation. His voice is comparable to that of Tim other words, amazing.

Because of my financial situation, I rarely buy Cd's any more...but for words&music, I made an exception. There is rarely a day that goes by that I do not listen to this magic. Peter's album has brought me to great yearning...and produced smiles. I close my eyes, and just let his music take me to another place.

Peter's lyrics are so meaningful, and his enunciation allows his listeners to hear the stories he weaves with his words. He has also gathered some great musicians to play along with him...the violinist is sublime.

If you enjoy the best of the best in acoustic/folk music, then this is the CD to buy and listen to, over and over again. I have a feeling Peter is going to be an international star some day...he is that good! This CD was one of the best gifts I've ever given to myself.

Kaija K.

Music for the soul
As I sit on the ancient porch of wicker chairs and white columns, and admire the pristine crystal skies, and vibrant fall leaves, that shower the emerald green landscapes before Me. I exchanges second-hand smiles with pedestrians that are out absorbing the beauty of the final golden season. Words & Music are flooding through my thoughts, bringing every truth in beauty to life. Revealing the inner most feelings, of existence, relationships, and the virtues of everything surrounding me. Words & Music is by far, the most gripping, thought provoking, soulful music of our time. Peter has captivated the emotions of every day life, and entwined them into a melody that is enchanting in every way. It conveys our most intimate feelings, and will truly enrich the mind and soul. It proficiently colors our lives, and enhances the purity of our meaning. It will soak into your heart, and live within you for the rest of your years. It is a mind riveting, heart wrenching, joyful sound of simply bliss. And it truly is, the soundtrack of our lives. Personal favorites of mine have become “Coffee in the morning”, “I am”, and “All my life”. Peter has a beautiful voice that harmonizes with the guitar in perfection, and will serenade your heart every time. And its true, once you’ve heard it, “that’s the point, of no return”.

Elsa M.

Words & Music is an inspiring CD. Oyloe sings of pure truths and the complexity of human relationships, his incredible talent as a musician pours out in a soulful voice. I am especially moved by "Coffee in the Morning" and "I am". I love this CD! It bridges the age gap, and I think it will appeal to all searching souls in this world.

Brad J. Novak

"Jammed pack with wonderful tunes..."
Reaction to the CD release party of Peter Oyloe and his group. Well, on a beautiful summer night in Decorah, Iowa on the Campus of Luther College. Myself and another friend who enjoys Peter's music drove from Chicago,
Illinois to see his concert. The concert was completely sold out. Some late straglers even were forced to sit on the floor, which they did willingly. The concert kicked off quickly and last a mere hour and a half or so, but it was jammed pack with wonderful tunes from Peter's new CD
"Words and Music." After the show, there was a line of people out the door waiting to see Peter (the new star) and to get an opportunity to buy his new CD. Unfortunately, the concert was intended as a CD release party, but the manufacturer was late in producing the CD. Much to my dismay after traveling all the way to Chicago, I had to go the drive home that evening without the new CD, but we (everyone in line) put our names on a list
and we received the CD a few weeks later. Peter's CD "Words & Music" is filled with great tunes full of life and heart. There is no doubt anyone who is close to Peter probably feels like all his songs are about them. Peter
makes you feel like you are the only person on the Earth that matters when you are with him. His songs reach out and touch your soul. His music has changed quite a bit since last I heard it, but only gotten better. My name
is Brad Novak and I am a history and political science on Chicago's west-side. I am 26 years old and I listen to Peter's new CD at least once a week.