This is the debut record from Erskine Lynas and is called Lease of Youth. This ten-track record has similarities to many bands from the 70/80/90's but with a more contemporary twist - very mellow synth-pop if you will. Available on vinyl LP and released on Local Action (who are apparently VERY proud to announce this one).
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Slightly off to the kilter of Local Action’s usual way of being is Erskine Lynas’ ‘Lease of Youth’, but it’s easy to see why the label ended up breaking their own rules for this one. Records like this are special and transcendent in their way, cutting through discourse and straight into the heart. Resembling the mumbled but bubbly synth-pop records Stephin Merritt used to make in the early Magnetic Field days, along with the brooding romanticism of the Blue Nile, Lynas’ music offers immediate earworms and moments for pause, offering that bright but bluesy sound so many sought to capture in the indy ‘90s landscape.
His voice muffled like it’s shy of socialising with the bright, theatrical electronics around it, Lynas offers a dreamlike state to his songs, meandering around the melodies and disappearing into a void of flashing lights much in the way John Maus might. “Craiger Caught the Sleeper” sounds like someone trying to blink themselves from half-asleep to half-awake, the bubbling synths making sudden, punchy turns back into reality.
Local Action are super proud to release this one and I can see why: there are certain tracks on it I want to shout out to the world for their simple, evocative loveliness. The muttered post-punk of “New Concrete” is so subtle and bare, like a concourse with nothing lifting off, but it moves gorgeously through its quiet, downtrodden movements. By taking a sound so full to the brim and making it compact, Lynas creates a full-on yearner of a record, one that should be beaming but instead is all packed in.
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