Friday, 10 August 2018
Ray Lynch - Deep Breakfast (1984)
Ray Lynch was born in Utah in 1943, and after classical training and playing in a baroque group as a lutist, wound up in California in 1980 to switch to electronic music. Deep Breakfast was his third album, and contrary to my thoughts of a bottomless bowl of Shreddies, the title and in fact many of Lynch's track titles came from a book by his spiritual teacher (and alleged dirty old letch) Adi Da Samraj, aka Da Love Ananda, Bubba Free John etc etc. Anyway, the music here is all instrumental, and the titles could really be anything. Let's listen.
Deep Breakfast is a really nice mix of analogue synth and early DX7, and the composition and arrangements definitely reflect the skill of one classically trained with a baroque affinity. There's a good balance of sunny, poppy and upbeat tracks with more mellow, reflective material. The first half of the album is purely electronic, and the second adds guitar, piano, flute and viola in places. Lynch apparently disliked the New Age tag, considering his music a cut above much of the dross being produced, and he's not wrong - this is top-drawer stuff in its era. My favourites are the gorgeous, Roedelius-like miniature Falling In The Garden and its neighbour Your Feeling Shoulders, which shows a definite Vangelis influence. Some nice TD-esque sequencing here too, in the second and the last tracks. Superior sounds for getting the muesli crumbs out of your futon.
mega / zippy