Little Tybee’s Label-Free Approach to Creativity

Originally published with Bandcamp on August 29, 2016.

Little Tybee makes feel-good music that’s marvelously complex. Those two qualifiers may seem contradictory, but Little Tybee— Brock Scott (vocals/acoustic guitar), Josh Martin (eight-string guitar), Nirvana Kelly (violin), Chris Case (keys), Ryan McDonald (bass), and Pat Brooks (drums)—occupy a rare space. The group writes songs that boast intricate arrangements and highbrow technicality, but still emanate a warm, rich feeling. It’s symphonic jam music made to accompany a sunny porch and a pitcher of lemonade. Martin begins “Languid,” from their latest, self-titled album, by tapping his 8-string guitar, creating a fluid melody that Kelly builds on with her violin. What begins slightly mournful takes a massive leap into brighter territory just after the one-minute mark, when the rest of the band joins and the tempo quickens.

Although they could be loosely considered a jam band, the Atlanta-based six-piece band fits comfortably into several musical genres—especially those that reference southern traditions while experimenting with more progressive techniques. Little Tybee plays with listeners’ expectations: They don’t want anyone to get bored, be it a new listener, a long-time fan, or even a member of the band. “We like making you comfortable with the feel of a groove, but not for too long,” Brock Scott says. “We want you to understand what we’re doing in snippets, but then transition to a whole other feel.” When they tour, the band often unlocks different ways to play a song, integrating that subtlety into future sets. As a result, their songs feel like living, breathing entities rather than set, structured products.

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