Zyles, a self-described professional pop outfit headed by Zach Yellin-Flaherty, launches this summer with a series of infectiously smooth and sophisticated new singles. Zach spent the last decade immersed in the tech trenches of the Bay Area, and he expresses his insights through pop music—universal songs about the realities and fantasies of young professionals with a distinctly Northern California aesthetic. The Zyles sound is a blend of retro and contemporary pop with stylish production that serves as the perfect vehicle for Zyles’ take on modern romance.
Born and raised in Manhattan, Zyles grew up playing rock and blues, followed by more formal jazz training. While attending Stanford where he belonged to the jazz orchestra, Zyles spent time studying abroad in China, which was the inspiration behind his newfound musical moniker—Zyles comes from the re-romanization of his Chinese name, 叶子力 (Ye Zi Li). After graduation, while living and working in San Francisco and armed with his experiences working in the tech world, Yellin-Flaherty gave birth to Zyles, a project that is informed thematically by the glory and absurdity of today’s city living, and musically by Yellin Flaherty’s carefully crafted urbane pop.