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Meet Jared Bell of the Lymbyc Systym

Lymbyc Systym: Michael and Jared Bell I Photo by Amanda Longtain
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I have a crackpot theory that instrumental bands are all lumped together because the listener is given no written instructions on how to feel. There is part of us who wants to be explicitly told what the song is saying. Whether it's that this is a love song or a breakup song or that he is the Walrus, we want to understand concretely what it is that's going on and the story behind it. Which is why we're at a loss for words on how to describe to our friends how instrumental acts like Sigur Ros or Explosions in the Sky or the Lymbyc Systym make us feel. We use words like "cinematic" and "lush" but what we really mean is "Can you believe how those synths just exploded into horns and a banjo? That was amazing! It made me feel like I could conquer the world!" Or more succinctly, "Dude, like...woah."

What is truly impressive is that Lymbyc Systym manages to do all of this with just two guys. Hailing from Arizona these brothers, Michael and Jared Bell, have been putting together these giant soundscapes since 2001. With one brother living in Austin and the other in Brooklyn, Lymbyc Systym's formative process was mostly done by sending each other music files. Now, while that doesn't sound like an exciting live show, the Lymbyc Systym becomes an entirely different beast on the road with guest violinists and trumpeters in tow. We called up Jared Bell on the road somewhere near Seattle to talk about their sophomore album, Shutter Release. Here is some of what was said.

Lymbyc Systym - "Bedroom Anthem"