Album Review

Lambkin, Graham / Lescalleet, Jason – “Air Supply” – [Erstwhile Records]

MSTiZA   11/23/2011   A Library, CD

Graham Lambkin has rejoined Jason Lescalleet for a sophmore release. The two took to Lescalleet’s retreat in Berwick, Maine to record “Air Supply” in May of 2010.??Lambkin is noted for collaborations and production of several projects, including mastering Weyes Blood and the Dark Juices – “The Outside Room”, released on Not Not Fun. Here he is credited with microphones and devices. Lescalleet, who in his own right has a devoted following, ??handles synthesizers and loops. Conceptually, the album was aimed to traject from their first collaboration, “The Breadwinner”. It is what I imagine Maine in the spring to be. Chilled, with the harsh glare of the sun melting away the winter’s hold. The subtle usage of field recordings lend to the atmospheric entrance of spring, it’s break of the cold in bursts of sound can be attributed to the synth & the devices. Music like this folds barely, yet neatly, into sound/noise territory with out qualifying. It’s subdued nature lends to soudscape and minimalist fetishes. However, the beauty in this release is not just the simplicity and fluidity, but the revolution created by just enough harsh chaos. The harsh spring sun on snow will burn the weakened winter flesh.


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