Album Review

Lambkin, Graham – “Amateur Doubles” – [Kye Records]

Roland Blunt   3/14/2012   12-inch, A Library

A genuinely ambient sonic experience put forth by English sound-visual artist/author Graham Lambkin – a founding member of The Shadow Ring (1993-2003) which produced a unique DIY blend of folk music, abstract electronics, noise and surrealist poetry. Recorded in a Honda Civic (which serves as performance/recording space), this effort embodies the subjective happening of a passenger in a moving vehicle. Lambkin utilizes natural, passive sound incidents associated with traveling in a car (the drone/noises produced by the engine and the wind, the external atmosphere of passing locations, the rhythm of the tires on the road, as well as the physical presence/sounds of other passengers) in concert with track layering, editing, live playing of CD’s on the car stereo, and the obvious manipulation of the recording device to achieve a strangely familiar atmosphere. This record is a challenged, deep-listening experience that evokes contemplation on musicianship, authorship, creativity…and introspection of trips long passed.

Side A (19:45)…music from Philippe Besombes/Jean-Louis Rizet Pole…quieter side…subtle music (flute/synth) mixing gently with internal/external environments.

Side B (18:00)…music from Philippe Grancher 3000 Miles Away…noisier side…music style more pronounced…overwhelming, at times, the internal/external environments…although the last 3 minutes return, somewhat, to the feel of Side A.

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