The poet and guitarist Graham Lambkin, from the early 90s, attracts listener’s attention, as he and Darren Harris formed in Cheriton, of Kent, England “The Shadow Ring”, a group that is a heir of a musical tradition that it was shaped in the 80s, from groups like Throbbing Gristle. From 1993 to 2005 they released eight fabulous full length albums. Some years later, the “Guardians” newspaper, list their work as some of the strangest records on Spotify, a tragic irony for a group, which their analog sound influenced a generation of musicians, that still releasing their work on Vinyl and Cassette tapes.
Beyond the myth of The Shadow Ring, Graham Lambkin never stopped being active musically and from 2001, he started to release new material under his name and running also his own Key records. “Community” is his 9th solo album, comes to confirm his unconventional music career. The eight tracks, that can be found here, recorded in Empty Stage, in New York, during the period 2015 – 2016. This is a highly poetic work, digging into an narrative imaginary microcosm of lousy frequencies and deliberate sounds. The music consists of interwoven field recordings, speaking words, electronic sounds, and played instruments, contributed by Sean McCann on violin, Troy Schafer on saxophone and Judith Hamann on Cello. This is a quite complex work that really fascinate me with the so carefully chosen sounds and the poetic sense, especially on track “Sculpture”.
The “Community” has been already sold out as a vinyl album, released on Key records, but it is still available as a double CD by ErstSolo. CD version is also including “I Vs. Air (Austin-Stuttgart-Turku)”, a 40 min bonus track, that make this version a little bit more attractive to me, as this composition really matters, doubling the duration of the whole release. Probably one of the very best albums of the year. Highly recommended.December 5, 2016 8:05 pm