Eric Lanham: The Sincere Interruption (Spectrum Spools)
Eric Lanham’s debut for Spectrum Spools is an interesting and unpredictable foray into electronic tinkering. His time in noisemaking project Caboladies shows, but here he has the opportunity to wander freely with his synths and effects. Sometimes the exploratory nature of these experiments comes off like old school sound library material, whereas other times it has a playful, rambunctious quality that I’d associate with very early Mego or Ritornell (General Magic, Pimmon, Hecker). It’s not easy listening by any means, although it has its share of push and pull. “21:00” contains the album’s quietest moments, quite early on in the tracklist, while the title cut that proceeds is by far the most spastic. That obnoxious but radiant personality that shines through on “The Sincere Interruption” can also be heard in a slightly more rhythmic mode on “WN 689” or “SDF 689,” the maddening closer that may just test your patience in its final moments. But to balance out those tracks, there are others that shimmer with intensity without such mischief, like the bending and manipulated tones and drones of “Liminalimit” or its sister track later on, “No Ordinates.” In these more drawn out, patient excursions, Lanham’s sensibility reminds me of Jan St. Werner’s Lithops project at its most abstract and pastoral. This is surely not for everyone, but those with a set of ears willing to take on the outer limits of Lanham’s world are likely in for a treat; it’s full of surprises from start to finish, always keeping the listener on his toes.