n.Lannon | Chemical Friends

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Chemical Friends

by n.Lannon

Subdued acoustic strumming flows with glitchy beats and ghostly sound fragments.
Genre: Electronic: Down Tempo
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1. The Catch
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2. Turn Time Around
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3. Hollow Heart
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4. My Last Breath
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5. Fortune Cookie
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6. Beached
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7. Demons
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8. Spy
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9. The Nature of Things
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10. Cruel
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11. I Freak You Out
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Known mostly as guitarist/vocalist in the San Francisco band Film School, musician Nyles Lannon is also active on many other musical fronts. With the recent release of his electronic record n.ln Astronomy for Children (BBC Album of the Week Jan 18th) he completed an extensive European tour and is set to release another n.ln record with Bjork collaborator Thomas Knak. And now we find Lannon changing gears once again, moving this time to the realm of acoustic/electronic ambient pop with the release of n.Lannon Chemical Friends (Badman).

With heart-felt lyricism as well as solid musicianship, n.Lannon proves he is as comfortable with intricate finger picking and singing as he is programming beats and synthesizers. Hushed vocals float over dreamy washes of guitar that turn gritty and vengeful. Subdued acoustic strumming flows with glitchy beats and ghostly sound fragments. Bringing together early rock influences like Pink Floyd and Simon & Garfunkel with more recent abstract electronic influences such as Fuxa and Fennesz, n.Lannon's songs weave strong melodies with distant ambience and sparkling electronic production. The results are 11 beautifully crafted songs that make Chemical Friends a remarkable solo debut.

Fans of Nick Drake, Simon & Garfunkel, and Elliott Smith will find themselves humming Chemical these infectious melodies shoulder to shoulder with fans of Postal Service and Pinback. Chemical Friends is destined to make many new friends in 2004.


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Ryan Van

The sounds on this CD are simply addicting
The first time I heard the sample songs on CD Baby for Chemical Friends by n.Lannon, I listened to them all, bought the CD and then made my wife come listen to the song samples with me. I talked about the music for three days while I waited for the CD to arrive.

It is so hard to pinpoint a specific sound on this CD, and that is part of the beauty of it. In its simplest form, it will put you back into the movie The Graduate with a sound like Simon and Garfunkle, but then it will twist you back into modern music with the purest of electronic undertones that ride just below the melancholy beauty in the vocal melodies.

This CD is meditational, yet it is energy. It is love, yet it is disgust. In the end, it is wonderful for "that" mood, whatever it may be.

By the way, it hasn't left my disc changer since I got it.

Cori

Sometimes it has to hurt to feel good.
Great CD...not easily compared. Totally original, yet has a foundation in solid musical roots. In a word this CD is smart.
Fans of good technical musicianship, as well as fans of simply beautiful sound will like this CD. Sometimes it has to hurt to feel good.