Feb 26, 2016 Music
The 4AD label remains one of the most curatorially astute operations around, though, so hey, why not? Turns out that LNZNDRF is well worth a listen, though it may be a stretch to call it a must-have. Recorded live over a two-day series of jam sessions and edited down to album-size, it captures a spark that marks that moment of creation.
The National’s rhythm section get to belt it out like never before on a series of propulsive workouts, while Ben Lanz (who works with both The National and Sufjan Stevens as well as Beirut) gets his multi-instrumentalist yah-yahs out on some effectively spectral atmospherics.
Yes, there are a couple of songs, but really, this is an instrumental album. Anyone already enamoured with post-rock or math-rock, or the sound of “Kraut rock” bands like Neu!, will enjoy.
If this album tickles your eardrums, you might also like Trans Am, Can or Ratatat.