Hylton makes an indelible mark...balances quirky humor, clever slice-of-life observations, and raw emotion.”

— MPR 89.3 The Current

Southern Resident Killer Whales

In late 2017, Minneapolis-based indie rocker and songwriter Dan Hylton’s craft pop quartet Southern Resident Killer Whales released Hylton's third studio EP, The Legendary Seasides. “You’ve heard of ‘A-sides and B-sides,” says Hylton. “But nobody ever says anything about the C-Sides…” 

If “C-sides” suggest something a bit afield from standard fare, that’s not accidental. “And if the phrase ‘Craft Pop’ evokes something between a workbench and great deal of focused labor and, well, a fine beer, that’s sort of the point,” writes locally-based Camden News. 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 intimate chamber-pop arrangements with horn to driving, harmony-laden indie rock. Lyrically, Hylton bares all with a words that alternate between potent advocacy and those with an almost embarrassing level of intimacy. He strives to write the sort lyrics that, in his words, “make people feel like they just had a conversation with a really good friend:” 

According to MN music media:

"…fresh, smart, yet deeply personal and emotional words capturing life’s significant moments and its lessons taught”
(Rift Magazine) 

“Hylton makes an indelible mark...balances quirky humor, clever slice-of-life observations, and raw emotion.”
(MPR 89.3 The Current)

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