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"Album Review: Andrew Lynch - Sun Incisions"

Former lead of The Poor Excuses and frequent Earlimart collaborator, Andrew Lynch is a talented man. And while anyone who knows him would point to his ability to play multiple instruments, or his song-writing skills, or success as a record producer and agree, these are not the talent I refer to. No, what Lynch possesses is a keen grasp of language and its complexities that’s allowed him to create a layered yet ambiguous new album, Sun Incisions – a far greater talent then playing both the flugelhorn and trumpet.

Wonderfully produced and filled with luscious strings, delicate piano work, and jazzy guitars and horns, Sun Incisions is an amalgamation of various styles. While this detracts a bit from the album’s cohesiveness, the solid lyrical work full of sardonic wit and varied, deep compositions earn the record repeated listens.

Crafting mordant pop songs in the vein of Randy Newman, Josh Ritter or Jeff Tweedy, Lynch consistently hides fractured characters, twisted narratives, and bittersweet love stories beneath cryptic metaphors and shimmering production. “My Head Around”, an orchestral, mid-tempo rocker moves along so smoothly that it takes the whole song to realize the narrator is not smitten by love but beaten down and blind sided, his head turned backwards to the mistake he is about to make. “This Bird” layers a tale of a man imprisoned who can’t fight his murderous tendencies over catchy, jangly, piano and staccato strings. “The Thrill Is Gone” paints a portrait of a relationship gone sour and the vices we use to hide the truth from ourselves and fool ourselves into staying against a bombastic musical backdrop featuring downbeat guitar and grandiloquent horns and bells.

Sun Incisions is a wonderful album that will reveal more and more upon every listen. Lynch uses unique perspectives and unreliable narrators to create a bittersweet world of insecurities and foibles that seems sentimental, comical, twisted and relatable at the same time. He's a capable songwriter in a world where that doesn’t seem to mean as much. - David Greening, Radio Free Silver Lake

"Ears Wide Open: Andrew Lynch"

Sometimes Andrew Lynch seems like he's everywhere. And maybe he is. The multi-instrumentalist has played alongside, or worked in the studio with, Afternoons , the Amateurs , the Black Pine , Castledoor , Earlimart , the Poor Excuses and Radars to the Sky , to name a handful. The Alaska native's solo work merits attention too, for its occasionally playful and dreamy and always melodic qualities. He's finishing up a full-length album, "Sun Incisions," that features guests from Earlimart, Eagle and Talon, the Vacation and Film School. - Kevin Bronson, Buzz Bands L.A.


Samaritopia (EP)
Sun Incisions (LP)



Hailing from a small town in Alaska, Singer-Songwriter Andrew Lynch embodies that fragile yet wild sense of place in his music.

His new record "Sun Incisions" (which features contributions from members of Eels, Earlimart, Film School, and strings by The Section Quartet) is full of piano-driven, lyrical feasts influenced by John Lennon and certainly inspired by John Cale, with whom Lynch crossed paths while working as a studio assistant for The Dust Brothers.

The delicate production of the album not only showcases Andrew Lynch's talents as a multi-instrumentalist (piano, guitar, trumpet), engineer, and producer, but also his skills as a songwriter. Even in the context of a simple pop song, he "constantly uses unique perspectives and unreliable narrators to create a bittersweet world of insecurities and foibles that seems sentimental, comical, twisted and relatable at the same time." (Radio Free Silver Lake)

Lynch has also worked extensively with Silver Lake indie heroes Earlimart, playing trumpet and keyboards in the band, and also producing/engineering their latest album “Hymn and Her,” for which he received high marks from Pitchfork Media.

He previously released a solo EP, "Samaritopia," and a full-length with his band The Poor Excuses, "Come On The Future." His other recent studio projects include two records with Adam Goldberg a.k.a. LANDy, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez’s (Mars Volta) forthcoming “bossa nova” effort, the debut album of Paul Simon’s middle son, Harper Simon, and the score for Drew Barrymore’s roller derby film “Whip It” with The Section Quartet.

Ever active in the local L.A. music scene, Lynch has either been a guest performer with, produced and/or engineered: The Black Pine, Eagle and Talon, Afternoons, Castledoor, Amateurs, Rademacher and Go West Young Man.