Release Date: Nov 30, 2010
Record label: Underwater Peoples
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
The most impressive thing about Terra, Julian Lynch's third album, is how much stylistic ground it covers while sounding like it barely gets off the collapsible camping chair. Taken as a whole, it's folksy post-rock, but broken down into parts, there are elements of Pharaoh Sanders' meditative jazz; blossoming, Eno-like song structures; George Harrison's Eastern flirtations; the monastic drones of mid-70s German music; and the hippyish optimism of a group like the Incredible String Band. (There's probably more, too, but I'll leave room for the geeks and trainspotters.
Listening to the music of Julian Lynch, I can’t help but feel like I know the guy. Much like James Murphy’s omnipresent hipster from “Losing My Edge,” a character like Lynch exists in college towns across America. He was there at the potluck on Friday. He brought the dank red pepper hummus ….
The reclamation of all the elements of 80’s music that dated it must be nearly complete. Drum machines were only out for about half a decade, synths are more recently revived (and thriving), and there were some awesome pan flutes on that Odawas album from a few years back. The saxophone, perhaps the 80’s instrument with the strongest negative associations, has been showing up in its sultry and squeaky smooth jazz form increasingly over the last few years, with David Sanborn guesting on a Ween track and Destroyer building a whole album around the light vibe.