EP Review: Lynx Deluxe — Jungleland
Here’s something different. Lynx Deluxe’s Jungleland is a five-song EP that builds its sound around heavy beats. Not the electronic kind, though; this is no hip-hip or electro endeavor. Real drums, played forcefully and with a keen balance between complexity and sheer power, form the basis of these tunes.
The songs themselves are hooky rockers, and jungle sounds figure into the mix, providing a sort of conceptual connective tissue. The songs themselves don’t really sound like anyone else, though I detect a faint resemblance – in scope and ambition – to prime-era Bruce Springsteen. And that’s rarely a bad thing.
The EP’s standout track comes halfway through. “Mercy” has some honking textures that sound like – but apparently are not – saxophones. The keyboard sounds on the track are wonderfully overdriven electric piano. “Saints” is pretty exciting stuff, too, with an insistent riff providing the song’s intro while trombones work their way into the mix. “Steppin on Gold” has a slinky, soulful vibe. Jungleland is released on Drivin N Cryin Records, and from my point of view, any association with Kevn Kinney’s band is a strong indicator of authenticity and quality. Do check it out; playlist and more info on the band available at https://lynxdeluxe.com/
Special note for Asheville readers: Lynx Deluxe will be opening for Drivin N Cryin when they come to The Grey Eagle on October 21.
About the Author
With a background in marketing and advertising, Bill Kopp got his professional start writing for Trouser Press. After a stint as Editor-in-chief for a national music magazine, Bill launched Musoscribe in 2009, and has published new content every business day since then (and every single day since 2018). The 4000-plus interviews, essays, and reviews on Musoscribe reflect Bill's keen interest in American musical forms, most notably rock, jazz, and soul. His work features a special emphasis on reissues and vinyl. Bill's work also appears in many other outlets both online and in print. He regularly hosts lecture/discussions on artists and albums of historical importance (including monthly events Music to Your Ears and Music Movie Mondays), and is a frequent guest on music-focused radio programs and podcasts. In Spring 2023 he is co-teaching a history of Rock 'n' Roll at UNC Asheville's College for Seniors. He also researches and authors liner notes for album reissues -- more than 30 to date -- and co-produced a reissue of jazz legend Julian "Cannonball" Adderley's final album. His first book, Reinventing Pink Floyd: From Syd Barrett to The Dark Side of the Moon was published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2018, and in paperback in 2019. His second book, Disturbing the Peace: 415 Records and the Rise of New Wave, was published in 2021 by HoZac Books. His third book, What's the Big Idea: 40 Great Concept Albums will be published in 2024. Read even more about him here.