Boomkat Product Review:
Local Action chuck a real curveball with TAM’s turn as Erskine Lynas, a new alias for the Aberdonian artist who’s previously applied his hand to freaky mutations of grime and fluoro electronics.
Lynas’ debut album, Lease Of Youth ‘fesses up to a proper passion for ‘80s synth pop - Tears for Fears, The Blue Nile, OMD and Magnetic Fields - in ten shockingly sharp and bittersweet arrangements that arguably sound like the work of a much older, experienced listener and artist.
But it’s not pastiche, nor a prosaic genre exercise. To the contrary, he’s putting a keenly off-kilter spin on sounds he clearly loves, with results that lie the better side of Hot Chip, and the less melodramatic aspects of Autre Ne Veut, with the adroit, melodic retro-futurist touch of Martial Cantarel, and a gaelic, folksy, electronic appeal comparable to Cocteau Twins or Samoyed.
We advise checking for highlights in the lucent lead single, Craigier Caught Sleeping, in the lilting, low-key funk of Run.Away / There’s No Face In Strings, and the icy minimal wave élan of Madrigal Morning.
An accomplished album, full of strange surprises.