Twang savant Skinny Dyck has put on weight since his debut LP Get to Know Lonesome (2020) – a delight to fans of traditional country music but in equal measure with an alternative leaning audience. On first listen, the Lethbridge, Alberta-based singer/songwriter Skinny may sound like a throwback to classic country artists of the 1960s, but get to know him a little better and it’s clear that he’s firmly part of the new generation of artists pushing country forward into the 21st Century. “I think that’s a result of the aesthetic and the sandwiches” relays Dyck in reference to his penchant toward a tape-saturated, mid-fi sonicscape, coupled with sparse arrangements. Led by the success of the twangy indie-rocker Dreamin’, Get to Know Lonesome found an audience for capturing the “distilled spirit of wide-cut country” (Exclaim!) out of a few days with an 8-track machine in his living room.
Skinny makes strides on his latest EP, Palace Waiting (out September 2022), which includes “In On The Upswing” and “TV Blue,” set to be released as a 7-inch single through Swedish label Sound Asleep Records. Produced with Billy Horton (Charley Crockett, Theo Lawrence) in Texas, Skinny capitalizes with brevity on Palace Waiting, pouring an equal measure of traditional country and austere country-folk. "The proverbial Palace exists for everyone" says Skinny. "Maybe a swing set with a view of the river, or perhaps a little dram of forgiveness you find for yourself after another year of wandering with the lights on long after the party's over."