Documentary Evidence 2016 Top 10 Albums: 3. LNZNDRF ‘LNZNDRF’

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“In thrall to the methods of Can, if not their actual sound.” – Electronic Sound

I heralded the trio of Scott and Bryan Devendorf (from The National) and Bryan Lanz (from Beirut) as my new favourite band upon the release of their self-titled album for 4AD earlier this year. It would the first of three such occasions where I made that claim.

This was a frighteningly inventive LP, formed out of the same sort of long-form improvised jams that Can used nearly fifty years before in the creation of their seminal early records, only then treated and manipulated to take on a relatively ‘composed’ form. The output was a sort of Krautrock / electronic hybrid whose details reveal themselves over repeated listens.

I reviewed the album for Electronic Sound and interviewed Scott Devendorf for Clash. Back issues of Electronic Sound are available at http://www.electronicsound.co.uk while my interview can be read here.

(c) 2016 Mat Smith / Documentary Evidence

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Electronic Sound Issue 19

  
Issue 19 of Electronic Sound is available now, either at electroni sound.co.uk or the iTunes App Store. Appropriately, this issue focuses on the electronic legacy of the sorely-missed David Bowie.

I interviewed Colin Newman and Malka Spigel (aka Immersion) for this issue on the occasion of the duo dusting off their electronic project for the first time since performing at the Royal Festival Hall for Wire‘s spectacularly artsy comeback in 2000. I was there that night, as you can probably tell from my interview. Elsewhere in this issue, I wrote a short piece about a thrilling band called HÆLOS, and reviewed albums by The Choir Of Young Believers, Public Memory and my new favourite band LNZNDRF.

(c) Mat Smith / Documentary Evidence

LNZNDRF (Clash interview, 2016)

  
I’ve been raving about the debut album by 4AD trio LNZNDRF since I first got to hear their self-titled album last month, and I’m already calling them my new favourite band at any available opportunity. Their record was released in February and my review will appear in the next issue of Electronic Sound. LNZNDRF consist of brothers Scott and Bryan Devendorf from Ohio-via-Brooklyn band The National and Ben Lanz from Beirut.

Last week I had the pleasure of talking to Scott Devendorf about the genesis of this thrilling project for Clash. My interview with Scott can be found here.

LNZNDRF is out now on 4AD. Initial copies of the LP are pressed on clear vinyl.

(c) 2016 Mat Smith / Documentary Evidence