San Franciscan weds sombre songcraft to grooves and glitches

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N. Lannon – Chemical Friends

Nyles Lannon has evolved three separate projects to enable him to explore his musical interests: song-based slowcore with the band Film School; instrumental glitch as n.Ln; and, as N. Lannon, the territory somewhere in between. Rather than a stylistic no-man’s-land, Chemical Friends maps Lannon’s natural habitat. His sweetly downbeat tunes and reverbed murmur recall Elliott Smith, but it’s the setting of this against programmed beats that sets him apart. Like Simon & Garfunkel reared on Loveless, or perhaps Nick Drake meets Fennesz, but N. Lannon is in a felicitous field of one.