Southern Resident Killer Whales

On November 4, Minneapolis indie rocker and songwriter Dan Hylton's craft pop quartet Southern Resident Killer Whales released its Legendary Seasides EP.

What is craft pop? Well, musically, the 'Whales catchy yet sophisticated acoustic-driven pop sounds something like a slightly offbeat Glen Hansard meets a slightly upbeat Morrissey, with songs that range from intim

ate chamber-pop arrangements with horn to driving, harmony-laden indie rock. Lyrically, Hylton bares all wi

th words that alternate between potent advocacy and those with an almost embarrassing level of intimacy. He strives to write the sort of lyrics that, in his words, "make people feel like they just had a conversation with a really good friend."

That's all well and good, but what do you need to do RIGHT NOW?

You can watch the music video for the "Failing Fearlessly" single HERE.

You can buy the Legendary Seasides CD on CD Baby, and listen/buy on iTunes, Spotify, or Google Play, Amazon, or wherever else you go for digital music.

You can find out everything else you need to know about the 'Whales, below.

Upcoming Shows:

 Saturday, Nov 18 at The Warren: An Artist Habitat, Minneapolis, MN

Contact (Press/Booking)

Dan Hylton
(612) 886-4972

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Rafting Records Press

"...fresh, smart, yet deeply personal and emotional words capturing life's significant moments and its lessons taught...grand and poetic and loaded with imagery"

 ~RIFT Magazine 


"...quirky humor, clever slice-of-life observations, and raw emotion." 

 ~MN Public Radio 


"evokes something between a workbench and great deal of focused labor and, well, a fine beer"

 ~Camden News


“A rich, sophisticated, clever, and earnest work that is immensely satisfying to my pop-weary ears.”

 ~MN Sound 


“This recording speaks its own language through a dictionary of contemporary romance…missionaries reaching around for the first time to touch to the moon of whit.”

 ~Splendid e-Zine

About Rafting Records

Rafting Records is a family of artists with creative direction originating from Dan Hylton and Pat Gibbons and includes Southern Resident Killer Whales, the Gibbons/Hylton duo), and other solo and collaborative projects by the two.

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