Pressure is Nyles Lannon's second album, and the followup
to 2004's critically acclaimed Chemical Friends, which
garnered him Best Album honors from the SF Bay Guardian
and the Best Folktronica Artist award from SF Weekly.
Lannon's sophomore effort is anything but sophomoric;
this heady mix of pastoral folk melodies and ethereal
electronics is a natural evolution from his earlier
efforts, boldly talking the listener along on a spacey
trip with Lannon as your pleasantly- eclectic tour
guide, Willy Wonka in the Folktronic Factory.
As a whole, Pressure makes me think of what you might
have heard if you could flip over your Garden State
soundtrack and play the other side. Album opener "Hesitation"'s
understated vocals and gently rolling rhythm call to
mind something between The Shins and Coldplay, with
songs like "Lost in the Stars" and "River" smoothly
meshing a plucky Nick Drake-like vibe with an undercurrent
of meandering electronic ambience. Every song on the
album seems a collision between familiar and peculiar; "Next
Obsession" sounds like Beck took Bill Murray's
place in "Lost in Translation"; "The
Well-Groomed Man" has Simon & Garfunkel
gazing at their shoes; "Better With Nothing" is
Radiohead scoring the new Barbarella movie. Fasten
your seatbelts, and enjoy the ride.
Favorite Track: "Next Obsession"
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