n. Lannon - 'Falling Inside' (album stream) (Premiere)

by Brice Ezell

26 June 2015

The latest LP by n. Lannon (of Film School and Sacred Caves), Falling Inside, is anything but garden variety singer-songwriter fare.

Nyles Lannon, the guitarist/songwriter for the band Film School, wears many hats, one of which is the n. Lannon moniker, through which he explores a unique take on the singer-songwriter formula. Using things like an 808 drum machine and atypical samples (including smatterings of Persian music), n. Lannon creates an electro singer-songwriter sound that’s like a quirky take on the style that David Gray purveyed in on records like 1999’s White Ladder. While n. Lannon isn’t sentimental in the way that Gray is (you’ll find no “This Year’s Love” here), his ability to take the intimacy and directness of the “guy with an acoustic guitar” formula and defamiliarize it with unique production and instrumental choices is certainly worth your attention. As such, we’re happy to premiere his latest LP, Falling Inside, right here on PopMatters.
“This album covers a lot of ground for me emotionally,” Lannon explains to PopMatters. “As I listen now, it really captures the feelings I had before and after the birth of my daughter. I didn’t plan it that way, but when I step back and listen to it, there it is. So many of my songs are about my insecurities: feeling vulnerable, unstable, unable. Then there are songs about her, protecting her, and the quiet, still moments with her in the middle of the night. Sometimes you don’t even know what an album is about until its done, and now this album will always remind me of her.” 

Falling Inside is out now via Badman Recording Co. For more on n. Lannon, check out his Facebook and Twitter.

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