Idgy Dean

August 1, 2016 5:21 pm

All good things must come to an end as all people know. Be it the final climax of your favorite summer movie, the ultimate ladling of icy green summer gazpacho, or even the sunset on the last day of your final real summer vacation, time has a cruel habit of overstaying its welcome and continuing to exist well beyond our capacity to enjoy it.

Truly, we must savor these dwindling summer days. There is only ever today, always and forever, presented as future but turned present upon confrontation and then past as it disappears into memory. Hauntingly beautiful, terrifyingly predictable, waveringly consistent; the end of summer has been staring us down since the end of spring. Despite my best effort to avoid eye-contact, it is time to acknowledge its mystery and gear up for September.

So with that in mind, we’ve assembled a few songs you might enjoy to help get you there. Don’t think of it as goodbye summer but as hello autumn. It is the most thoughtful of seasons, chilly and colorful, waiting in the wings, eager to take its place as the metaphysical envelope in which we live our daily lives.

May 20, 2016 12:09 pm

There’s no reason for me to feign objectivism right now. This recap is mostly meant to be a piece for all of us at #ATYPICALSOUNDS to brag about the awesome show we just put on. This article will most likely read like Kanye’s ‘can I talk my shit again’ part off “We Major.” So if you were expecting some hard hitting analysis on Idgy Dean’s performance at Splash headquarters, then you’re kinda dumb.

Regardless of all the aforementioned bias, I am being so sincere when I say that Dean melted a bunch of faces, ark of the covenant style. Why would I say anything other than this? I love all of her music. Buy her album, you dunce, it’s good.

She came in charged up, commanding the crowd from start to finish. She went shoeless the entire time. This barefoot assassin put on a great show while also risking a possible staph infection out there. We love Splash, but we don’t know what germs are lingering on those hardwood floors waiting to pounce on an exposed foot.

I’m sure she’s fine. I hope she’s fine. It would be really underwhelming for a rock virtuoso like Dean to die from something as icky as a foot infection. Also, I do not know what type of liability we would have under those circumstances.


Thankfully, Dean’s performance went off without a hitch and she got everyone to rock out while lobbing a bunch of balloons back and forth throughout the crowd. No matter the age, balloons always tend to entertain. People spend millions of dollars producing highbrow television dramas while the same amount of stimulation can be accomplished from a room full of inflated rubbers.

Okay, so you’re reading this recap and so far you’re pretty impressed. You’re thinking, “wow, these guys had live music, an up-and-coming tech company hosting the whole thing, AND a whole mess of balloons??? How could they possibly top this?” I’ll answer that question with one word: booze. Thanks to Dos Equis and Widow Jane Distillery, we had it flowing all night. They helped make the night super fun and left people drunk enough to not notice that the Splash office was eventually overwhelmed by the smell of sauerkraut.

Regardless, no amount of sauerkraut would be able thwart Idgy Dean on this night. The maximalist showmanship put forth in her live performance simply inspires the hell out of us. Whenever she goes on a drumming spree and puts the guitar around her back, she is a knight preparing for combat. We couldn’t have asked for a better performance or a performer to encapsulate the Atypical Beasts aesthetic.

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May 5, 2016 12:34 pm

In the California Gold Rush, people would spend hours picking up small specks of gold in filtering systems along a stream or river. Idgy Dean is like finding a huge mass of gold tumbling down the hill into your lap. In other words, if you are able to filter through the endless hours of mediocre pop and rock artists and stumble upon her, you’re incredibly lucky, because she is pure gold.

Why do I say this? Besides the fact that she is our May Artist of the Month, just watch the video of her playing and you’ll see instantly this untampered, untainted unique woman at work making more creative music than you’ve heard all day. Listen to songs like “Bang Bang Sun” or “Inauguration” to see her wide variety of talents. But first watch her latest release, “Pantheon punk” below!

Lindsay Sanwald is the enigma behind the inde-mind-bending-experience that is Idgy Dean. Sanwald writes and plays all of her music. She made the song “The Indian Squirrel Dance” in her room with Garage Band. Her ability to write, play and perform music is jaw-dropping.

We’ll start with her actual writing capability. The power to summon masterfully crafted pieces that have such balance of highs and lows is basically inexplicable. Her songs as stand alone pieces are great, but to me, they have this presence that paints a vivid and colorful story in my mind. Artists who specialize in soundtracks like Hans Zimmer (Inception and The Dark Knight Trilogy) and Danny Elfman (Spider Man and Psycho) have this ability to create ambience, personality and tone in a matter of seconds of their music, and Idgy is no different. Listening to her songs again and again, a person will just fall deeper, continuously discovering new components of her music each time. 

Next, let’s hit the amazing knack Lindsay has of keeping track of all parts of a song and various vocal parts while playing it live. If you get the chance to see her live, DO IT. She’ll be playing in New York on May 19th, presented by yours truly, ATYPICAL SOUNDS, and I highly encourage you to catch that show. Watching her play drums, looping them and then picking up the guitar and singing while changing loops is like seeing a painting come to life in front of you. Her grasp of simple and energetic drums is astounding and being able to create guitar parts that repeat and yet never overstay their welcome is fascinating to watch. Her voice is sublime and soothing, a call straight from the soul that reaches further and deeper than the listeners ears.

Lindsey sticks to her style, aware of what she wants and as she said in an interview with GBP, “Idgy Dean is the highest pursuit of my highest self—it’s my raw core cultivated. The more adventurous, present, and honest I am, the better it seems to work.” This honest and raw version of herself is heard through her music perfectly. She has this intense potential to create worlds with her music and I look forward to many albums of her majestic music.

To end this I’ll say one last thing, gold is very precious, it is rare, beautiful and has no real equal, and this is why Idgy Dean is pure gold.

November 16, 2015 9:02 am

Another year, another CMJ. It’s no doubt that CMJ Music Marathon is one of the best music festivals held in NYC where you can discover both local and international bands. The city turned into a playground for bands and made millennials stay up all night dancing to some catchy tunes. Not only did CMJ offer great music to our city but also incorporated daytime programming where people could learn about music politics, attend Q&A sessions with radio promoters, and even have a cheeky breakfast with music industry individuals.


Here at ATYPICALSOUNDS, we’re all about celebrating indie music so we curated three killer showcases with the best bands you need to know right now. Our first showcase on Thursday featured artists like Stolen Jars, Weaves, Methyl Ethyl, and IDGY Dean who slammed drumbeats along her soulful voice. Our biggest day party was on Friday at The Delancey and we had a lineup to fill all three floors. We managed to squeeze in Bent Denim to our lineup who were perfect to start the day with their calm shoegaze tunes. The rooftop crowd was amazed by Avi Jacob who nailed “Cannonball.” Wolkoff and Caveboy were also astounding artists who added an extra umph to the show. Beverly played at our last showcase at Cameo Gallery and performed smoothly with her breathy vocals. Lena Fayre, who’d been in all three showcases, closed the night with her deep, dark, and emotional tones that gave chills throughout the room.

Throughout the week there were many more artists we discovered that blew our minds. Australian band Good Morning played the Cake Shop on a Tuesday night and talked about their favorite video games after the show. We headed to The oberjikjDelancey later that night to check out City of the Sun who never fails to leave us in amazement with their rhythmic skills. Birch was playing on a Wednesday night at the Bowery Electric and energized the room with Michelle’s electric blue hair and dancy beats. Cosmo Sheldrake was a pleasant change from the guitar and drums we’ve been used to listening to. A multi-talented instrumentalist who creates a piece by putting together different sounds especially wowed the crowd with his improvisation skills. We headed to see the Brooklynite Oberhofer own the stage at Mercury Lounge and had a chat about his album Chronovision after his show behind the merch table. Saturday at The Delancey were dedicated specifically to bands from Australia. Gordi caught my attention with her acoustic guitar folk tunes and calming voice.

The BEASTS are are pretty damn good at this whole “knowing where to find good music” thing. Last month’s CMJ was an obvious reminder of that, and there will be plenty more where that came from. Just wait for SXSW….

November 13, 2015 2:34 pm

“Am I allowed to have a nervous breakdown” chants Idgy Dean in her latest video for “Ominous Harminus.”

Idgy Dean has put us under her spell once again on her spooky new track. Her latest video hits our computer screens fittingly on Friday the 13th.

Idgy Dean is the rebel persona of the one woman show of solo, multi instrumentalist Lindsay Sanwald. She describes her music as pachamama garage rock.  We don’t know what that really means but we like it.


Her fierce spirit when performing captured our hearts at this years CMJ and well, we couldn’t get enough of it. Check out her latest video below.

Want more Idgy Dean, well we highly recommend you catch her live show.  It is 45 minutes of pulsating and captivating performance art.

You Need To Know Idgy Dean
October 14, 2015 9:00 am

Upon first listen, the album Ominous Harminus reads as a valiant debut effort from a trio of sound-makers: a drum-kit banging out up-tempo poly-rhythms, an electric guitar setting the tone with easy yet catchy melodies, and a vocalist driving the energy forward with a combination of chanting and singing.

Only this album did not come with just three instrumentalists. Meet Idgy Dean, a “one-woman psychedelic rock band with DIY beats and reveries built from the bottom up.” Her songs are all looped live on stage with a loop pedal, modified drum kit composed of just snare, tom, and cymbal and an electric guitar.

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Her debut album Ominous Harminus is layered meticulously with every detail mapped and planned ranging from the vowel of her chant to the number of 1/16 beats in a measure. There is a mathematical quality to her instrumentals, not unlike some of my other favorite one-woman acts tUnE-yArDs and Julianna Barwick. She also has a rhythmic bounciness to her vocal melodies evocative of a Sylvan Esso, CHVRCHES, or even Purity Ring tone.

Tracks like “The Indian Squirrel Dance” and “Hopscotch” stand out from the rest of the pack as true indie-dance ballads while the rest function more as atmospheric soundscapes. However, as each listen exposes sounds that had previously gone unheard, the album begins to grow more refined with age.

While Dean’s debut is not quite as adventurous into the realm of electronica as loop-heavy masterpieces like tUnE-yArDs’ Whokill or Sylvan Esso’s self titled debut, the creativity in her videos and the skill seen in her live footage shows the potential she has to harness this talent and develop her songwriting ability to evolve into the next big solo/band hybrid artist out there.

You can catch Idgy Dean live at CMJ TOMORROW (THURSDAY) at our Atypical Beasts Agency Showcase at Piano’s!