Posts Tagged ‘Julian Lynch’
As you may already know, I’m a huge fan of New Jersey’s Julian Lynch. If you haven’t listened or purchased his latest album, Mare, I highly recommend doing so right away. At core, Lynch is a pop artist but a fact that must be known is that he’s somewhat the ultimate genius of the underground pop scene right now. There’s not anyone quite like him who is willing to dedicate the time one should be spending on minute details. (He also does all this while he’s earning his PHD in Ethnomusicology.) Just when you’re ready to slap the dream pop label on him, all these foreign elements jump out making each one of his songs a gorgeous collage and a joy to experience.
So, it makes sense that his latest music video matches the same surreal sound. In the clip for “A Day at the Racetrack,” the song is paired up with some brumous and psychedelic footage Ezra Ewen collected and compiled from over 40 years. The clip is collectively shot by Ezra’s father, Ezra’s cousin, and Ezra himself.
Check it out below and grab an mp3 of “Rancher,” one of my favorites off of Lynch’s Orange You Glad album.
There is something incredibly humble about Julian Lynch whether it’s in person (possibly one of the nicest and down to earth musicians I’ve ever met) or in his music. There’s a line between tenderness and spirituality in his songs that are so carefully crafted you don’t know where the boundaries are. Touching on psychedelia, world music, and indie lo-fi, Lynch is successfully using his knowledge from his ethnomusicology studies in Wisconsin on his latest album, Mare. The album drops on June 28 and I simply cannot wait for it to be available for everyone. It’s more than safe to say that this is one of the most gorgeous albums I’ve heard all year. I wouldn’t be surprised if it ended up in my top 20 albums for 2010 either.
Using a variety of layers that bring you into a hazy yet comfortable cloud of melodies and textures, Mare is exquisite from beginning to end. Just take a listen to the track, “Stomper,” below and get blissfully lost.