Tristan McNeil grew up in Augusta, and was trained primarily in the visual fine arts, but also classical and jazz music as a child. By his early twenties he was occasionally playing in local bar bands before later finding work as a graphic designer and concert video editor.
Now based in Athens, McNeil continues to create music under the name Nude With Lyre. His debut album, Blood (to be self-released on December 9th), began as a score for a friend’s short film. While the film itself never came to fruition, McNeil continued to modify the experimental, droning post-pop pieces he’d already begun. The resulting ten-cut album is marked by retro synth sounds, treated vocals and an offbeat layering of rhythms.
“It’s an album about my own experience,” McNeil says, “working food service jobs in a small southern town…moments of getting lost in sublime fantasy interrupted by the vulgar realness of excessive exhaust from passing cars, humid air saturated with the chemical smell of paper plants…and finding ecstasy in monotony.”