Boomkat Product Review:
Utterly brilliant road trip concrète music; synth prog classix piped through a car stereo and recorded to tape. Unique and so fucking good.
The great American road trip is a tough concept to understand for those outside of the USA. Long drives across seemingly endless empty roads, pocked with occasional gas stations, McDonalds, and ominous bathrooms; landscapes that slowly evolve from flat plains to verdant mountain ranges. Somehow, British-born American-based original Graham Lambkin manages to accurately encapsulate this experience on "Amateur Doubles", an engrossing double-header of concrete recordings made from his Honda Civic on a family drive.
Each side is set to a certain piece of music, the first is Philippe Besombes and Jean-Louis Rizet's eerie kosmische "Pôle" and the second Philippe Grancher's Air-y "3000 Miles Away". Both pieces are recorded in situ, while Lambkin drives through the American landscape with air gasping through an open window and car horns and inaudible chatter pushing through the haze. Like many great experimental records, the concept is deceptively simple but the execution exceptional, bringing a deeply personal, relatable sincerity to already evocative musical cues.
Fans of Luc Ferrari's gamechanging "Presque Rien" series, Aaron Dilloway's tape-warped Midwestern underground experiments or the psychedelic dreamscapes of The Skaters' Spencer Clark should grab this immediately.
Essential, timeless music.