Self-described “professional pop” outfit Zyles has just dropped his third single this year, titled “Cuddle Puddle.” The single is an upbeat indie pop dance track that B-Sides Badlands have called “blissful…flammable dance bop,” and a “fevered fist-pumper.” Zyles had this to say about the track’s inspiration: “‘Cuddle Puddle’ depicts a universe where everything is a little bit wrong. But why would you think about that when you’re having such a great time? The narrator is a powerful figure suggesting that we’re all equals in a cuddle puddle. It’s absurdity. But it’s the kind of wishful thinking that allows us to truly decompress. You can’t think about hierarchy on the dance floor, in your rec league, book club or wherever you let loose.”
“Cuddle Puddle” is the follow-up to the retro slow-burner, “Secretary,” which followed the anthemic poolside Summer jam, “Sundresses.” Zyles’ debut EP, featuring the three singles and more, will be dropping in early 2019.
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.