He’s been part of the New York performance art noise scene for over 15 years, and the weird and wonderful go hand in hand on the forthcoming debut solo album from Rob Erickson, also known as LUMBEROB. The reference points for the 22-track collection range from Captain Beefheart to Dan Deacon via Deerhoof, which is to say the thing is all over the map.
It’s called LANGUAGE LEARNER – Erickson loves capital letters – and arrives three weeks from tomorrow. The detailed and kinetic experimental pop sound of ‘BEGANTOCRY’ should be an ideal entry point for newcomers to his fascinating musical landscape. Lasting a shade over two minutes, it’s a compelling listen. Erickson had this to say about it: “Once again, we tease with a sultry slow-jam shimmer. … This is the obvious truth: we need to learn to care for those smaller and sweeter than us. In the end, we return, and the ants will laugh as they devour us… as they should. Listen closely.”
That’s intense; it should give you an idea of what to expect on the record. Check out the visuals for ‘BEGANTOCRY’ below (epileptics should proceed with caution) and keep an ear out for LANGUAGE LEARNER on Friday February 18th via Shimmy-Disc.