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- Lines by Julian Lynch
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Every day lately, there’s a record which tries to send me to sleep while I review it. Yesterday I was getting heavy-lidded whilst investigating the new High Wolf effort (which is totally worth investigating in case you were wondering) and today it’s the turn of Julian Lynch to prompt me to battle my instincts and not nod off while I listen as closely as I can to his soothing new album ‘Lines’. His most recent one ‘Terra’ was a record I used to spin a lot while soaking in the bath, and this new offering is every bit as silkily uplifting.
Lynch’s style is a hard one to define, with elements of spiritual jazz, kosmische, raga and folk, smart minimal orchestration mixed with gentle polyrhythms which betray his second life as an Anthropology and Ethnomusicology PhD student, he writes perfectly formed understated pop songs which worm their way into your subconscious, always resisting the urge to show off despite occasionally letting slip some evidence of chops.
It’s a timeless, fashion-proof sound and yet quite enigmatic and psychedelic...the soothing work of a restless mind. Like a mixture of Chad Vangaalen’s mercurial mumblepop and R Stevie Moore or Ariel Pink’s irreverence and the more mature and worldly easy listening arrangements of people like Cal Tjader and Sun Ra and even Moondog in places. Really though, Lynch is moving in spheres which have remained unexplored until now, and doing it with such grace and mystery that it’s impossible not to get sucked in. Strongly recommended.
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