Singer-songwriter Aimee Van Dyne's musical journey has followed a circuitous path. Born into a musical family, Aimee possessed a passion for music early on, spending her formative years singing harmonies and playing piano with friends and family. "Music was alway my first love," she says. "Although I studied classical piano for ten years, my biggest influences were Neil Young, The Beatles, John Lennon, and, later on, songwriters like Elliot Smith and Beth Orton. I always gravitated towards emotionally intense music, regarlesss of whether it was written by Radiohead or Bach."
As an art student at Brown University, Aimee started writing songs on her own, blending the folk/rock roots of her musical heroes with her unique confessional style. A few years later, while studying architecture at Copper Union, Aimee began applying the layering techniques she was using onto her music, creating multi-textured sounds from simple vocal and music tracks.
Aimee's primary songwriting tools soon became her guitar, her voice, and her multi-track recorder, which she used to create her characteristic harmonies, reminiscent of The Beatles, Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, and The Beach Boys. The harmonies became such a prominent component of her songwriting that Aimee admits that "sometimes it was hard to go out and play a song with just me and the guitar, because it felt like half of the song was missing!"
It wasn't until Aimee was in her thirties and working as an architect that she began her career as a singer-songwriter. The result was her first CD, "Owning Up" (2001), which showcased the songs she performed with her six-piece band in NYC venues such as The Bitter End, The Living Room, and Arlene's Grocery.
With the arrival or her twin daughters in 2006, Aimee took a ten-year hiatus from her music and architecture careers to be a full-time mom. In 2016, after a life-changing move from Brooklyn to the Berkshire Mountains, Aimee returned to songwriting and performing in her new adopted home of Berkshire County, Massachusetts. Her upcoming CD is a collection of old and new songs, reflecting the patchwork journey which has defined her life.
Review of "Owning Up"
This album is a tantalizing glimpse of the live show, where three of the best voices in town soar through a uniquely imaginative blend of ideas: counterpoint, contrapuntal vocals, two sets of lyrics playing against each other, you name it. Nobody else even comes close to what these women are up to. The material tends towards the melancholy, with catchy choruses and melodies that frequently evoke the thoughtful, George Harrison side of the Beatles.
--Alan Young, NY Music Daily