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eric lanham - The Sincere Interruption
You might know Eric Lanham’s work from his tenure in experimental electronic duo Caboladies or his previous projects Palmetto Moon Group and Carl Calm, but ‘The Sincere Interruption’ is his first album under his own name and is something of a departure from his other records. Those of you who were fascinated with Lanham’s drifting synthesizer drones might be a little confused to begin with, as here we find Lanham ignoring the dulcet analogue oscillations in favour of a sound more in line with Mille Plateaux or Ritornell. Crackles and tones are pushed, pulled and re-formed into pockets of digital noise and glacial echoes, occasionally dropping into rhythms but never sullying themselves with melodies. At times I’m reminded of Phoenicia (specifically the ‘Brownout’ LP) and at others of SND or even Carsten Nicolai, yet what Langham does compositionally feels distinctly contemporary. His sound palette might be from the not-so-distant past, but his compositions bear all the hallmarks of the early days of musique concrete, which somehow brings us bang up to 2012. He has taken a discipline which was explored briefly and then discarded, and taken the reigns seeking to perfect it, and has done exactly that. A bizarre and wonderful addition to the Spectrum Spools canon.