WFMU : Freedom is Freeform!
jason on 01/26/2011 at 01:00PM
From the surface, Julian Lynch's submerged pop betrays Ridgewood NJ roots, but his unique folk stylings are as much about timbre as melody and rhythm. Maybe this depth can be traced to studies in ethnomusicology (he's currently pursuing a PhD at University of Wisconsin-Madison), or to influences that range from the Cocteau Twins to Kadri Gopalnath.
While in town for a few rare NY-area performances this winter break, Julian Lynch made his WFMU debut with a special acoustic set on Talk's Cheap. He was joined by Ian of Big Troubles on bass, and Brody of Family Portrait on electric guitar & synth. Julian brought along his new 12-string acoustic, which he swapped for an effect-laden clarinet (á la the aforementioned Karnatic saxophonist Gopalnath) on the last drone piece.
That untitled track is unreleased, as are "Back," and "Terra" (Terra will be the title of Julian Lynch's 3rd LP). "Nen Vole" is available on a 7'' / "Born2Run" cdr combo from Brody's Underwater Peoples imprint (who've released a great smattering of Julian Lynch recordings, including a split with Ducktails, a fellow Ridgewood native and frequent collaborator). The original version of "Just Enough" opens up Mare, the latest of two 12'' LPs available from Olde English Spelling Bee. All of these releases plus a handful of cdr's can be found in various formats here. Also check the Space Mountain tumblr, where Julian occasionally sneaks in some mp3s of his own material.
Julian Lynch is back in Wisconsin for the spring semester, but he'll be touring Europe this summer, including a stop at the Primavera Sound Festival in May.