Welcoming electro space folk from San Francisco indie legend
Nyles Lannon is a busy boy. His day job is indie/shoegazing band Film School, but his side projects see him go off in different directions. The Nyles Lannon releases are his take on the traditional singer songwriter genre. N.Ln is mostly instrumental electronic and abstract in nature. 2003’s Astronomy for Children being an underrated gem. Now he’s releasing under the N. Lannon banner. N. Lannon is a mixture of his other two projects. Imagine Nick Drake going folktrontic and you’re close.
Falling Inside is a warm and welcoming album. It was recorded before the birth of Lannon’s daughter and as he puts it “It really captures the feelings I had before and after the birth of my daughter. I didn’t plan it that way. Sometimes you don’t even know what an album is about until it’s done” As with most singer songwriter albums, it’s chocked full of his insecurities and worries, but what Lannon effectively does is make it sound like this is the first time anyone has ever written about these topics.
Kill All These Machines opens the album with a jaunty polka, while Lannon’s vocals float lackadaisical above rhythmic beats and swirling electronics. Endless Night is slightly more folktronic than it needs to be, until the chorus kicks in and everything clicks into place. Dreamer is a standard acoustic ballad, until an unnecessary and slight annoying synth enters the mix and everything feels slightly grating. Queen of Rivertown sounds like a Granddaddy cover, which is a shame as Lannon is above parody. Captain has the most infectious riff on the whole album. The whole song would have worked better as an instrumental as the lyrics don’t add half as much as the luscious melodies. The album closes with Want Me, which is Falling Inside’s highlight. Synths and keyboard create the feeling of floating what Lannon’s vocals soar above and around it all. The most striking thing about the album is the use of space. Through clever arrangements Lannon never makes the listener feel enclosed, but welcomed and able to spread out. This is mainly done through the use of electronics and singing in a high range.
This is an album for anyone who likes quiet reflection and soul searching, as Lannon said “Sometimes you don’t even know what an album is about until it’s done”, the true is same for a listening. Given his track record and the cover you assume this will be some ethereal space folk, but instead you get more, much, much more.