The Straggler
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"The Straggler cd review"

The Straggler is a solo project for KCS’s Kevin Lynn, and it’s markedly denser than his day job these days. Lynn successfully balances warm-sounding live playing (including drums from former Steelie Nathan Lawr) with an otherwise chilly urban musical landscape, which on tracks like “Thermostat” sounds like a paranoid sci-fi nightmare of stalking robots. The Straggler is at times much more abrasive than KCS ever was, but there are moments of exquisite beauty as well. Like KCS, he too closes on an ambient note, but in this case it’s more in line with Kranky Records’ somnambulance. - Exclaim Magazine


"The Straggler - Torches etc. review"

King Cobb Steelie bassist Kevin Lynn steps out on his own with Torches Etc. a self-produced release. Throughout this instrumental album, Lynn's superb bass work is the main attraction. He adds some fascinating instrumental support using a number of sound generators and manipulators from the past and present. Some of it's reminiscent of moody iconoclasts Godspeed You! Black Emperor crossed with the sampling of DJ Spooky and Luke Vibert, as well as the dub and guitar sounds of his regular band. - Chart Magazine


Discography

Torches, etc. - 2004
Whirly Dub EP - 2008

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The Straggler is the solo electronic project of Toronto-based musician and artist Kevin Lynn. As a member of King Cobb Steelie, he has toured numerous times - both nationally and internationally and has released 5 critically acclaimed albums. Kevin also toured and recorded with improvised noise/beat freaks Holy Fuck for several years. Kevin's sound and video art work have also been screened nationally; most notably as part of the Send and Receive Festival in Winnipeg, the Signal and Noise Festival in Vancouver, and Deep Wireless: New Directions in Sound Art in Toronto. His music has also been featured in a number of television shows and feature films, including (amongst others) Six Feet Under, Regenesis, The Best Years, Rude and Witchblade.