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julian lynch - terra (12inch vinyl lp)

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ARTIST // julian lynch
LABEL // underwater peoples (us)
CAT // uplp007lp


Julian Lynch grew up in Ridgewood, NJ, where, as a youth, he learned to play clarinet and guitar. In high school, he performed in bands alongside future members of Real Estate, Titus Andronicus, and Family Portrait. During a year spent studying in Scotland, Julian collaborated with Gary Caruth of Sad City. While working for Smithsonian Folkways Recordings in Washington, D.C., he played drums with the band Hairizona.

Julian moved to Madison, WI, in Fall 2008 to begin a Master’s program in Ethnomusicology. In Madison, he recorded and released three CD-R’s under his given name: Born2Run, Birthday and Garden is Adventure. In 2009 and 2010, Olde English Spelling Bee released two LPs by Julian Lynch, Orange You Glad and Mare, respectively. Julian continues to live and record in Madison, where he is currently enrolled in a joint PhD program in Ethnomusicology and Anthropology. We at Underwater Peoples are incredibly excited to be a part of his next LP, Terra.

"Madison, WI via Ridgewood, NJ singer-songwriter Julian Lynch has two live incarnations. There's Julian the rock 'n' roll frontman, backed by an extended family of old high school friends who just happen to be members of the bands Real Estate, Family Portrait/Wet Dream, and Big Troubles. And then there's Julian the solo instrumentalist, the one who doesn't play all the songs you want to hear; he's sitting cross-legged on the floor in some basement somewhere, weeding out the impatient with a snail-slow clarinet solo that ends up reminding you of the first time the Taxi Driver soundtrack got you a little misty.

"Terra," the title cut from his third full-length, gives us both Julians rolled into one. From the curling clarinet solo to Julian's signature falsetto, the tablas-style percussion to the Steve Hillage-throwback guitar-synth breakdown, we've got what is probably one of his most successful attempts at fusing rock sensiblity with an ethnomusicology student's curiosity for the East. The best part is, he makes it sound as easy as kicking back with a suburban beverage on a sunny deck in Ridgewood." - Altered States

"Julian Lynch's 2010 breakout, Mare, was in essence a vibe record-- the kind of patient LP you needed to sit with for half an hour or so to soak up all its mood and texture. For the eponymous track off his upcoming album, Terra, Lynch evokes a similar atmosphere while taking a step toward more structured pop. There are several of the elements we expect from his work-- a worldly approach to sounds that stems from his interest in ethnomusicology and a loose, almost jammy feel-- but also the kind of sticky hook he tended to sidestep before. Using his reedy falsetto and insistent guitar strumming, Lynch paddles through the song's soft rock and synthy folk passages, building melody easily along the way. Seemingly at-odds instruments like saxophone and hand-drum pitter patter share space, but each is employed in finding a comfortable groove that rides out until song's end. It's basically Lynch's signature earthy ambiance nudged in a cleaner, slightly more accessible direction, which suggests he's growing with his audience and taking a more inclusive approach with Terra. We're curious to hear more." - Pitchfork

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