Bay Area based “professional pop” outfit Zyles has just dropped his second single, “Secretary,” a provocative yet thoughtful look at the difficulties of letting go through the lens of office romance. The track, which is the follow up single to Zyles’ bright Summer anthem “Sundresses,” is a stylized slow jam that treads the line between retro R&B and soul, while maintaining a distinct modern edge musically and lyrically.
“In ‘Secretary,’ the narrator is trying to avoid the temptation of the secretary, rather than embrace it,” says Zyles. “There is intended to be a healthy amount of sexual tension in my songs, without the cliche depictions of sex, and a certain acknowledgement that this type of indulgence is not always in our best interest.” With his forthcoming string of new singles, Zyles is looking to flip the pop script, and do so with finely crafted songs and a refreshingly dynamic take on what is means to chase love as a twenty-something professional.
Since dropping his debut single “Sundresses” Zyles has caught some critical praise. The New Nine have called him the “indie-pop songster you should know,” while Substream Magazine described his sound as “slick” and “evocative” with an “80’s- leaning style of pop.” In addition “Sundresses” has landed on a number of key playlists, including the BMI #MusicMonday playlist.
Born and raised in Manhattan, Zyles grew up playing rock and blues, followed by more formal jazz training. While attending Stanford where he belonged to the jazz orchestra, Zyles spent time studying abroad in China, which was the inspiration behind his newfound musical moniker—Zyles comes from the re-romanization of his Chinese name, 叶子力 (Ye Zi Li). After graduation, while living and working in San Francisco and armed with his experiences working in the tech world, Yellin-Flaherty gave birth to Zyles, a project that is informed thematically by the glory and absurdity of today’s city living, and musically by Yellin Flaherty’s carefully crafted urbane pop.