Sean Lam’s Hanging Up the Moon project has become akin to a loyal friend – dependable and consistent in providing comfort, solace and joy!
New album It’s All Here Somewhere is Lam’s fourth album all told and the 10-song collection continues expanding Lam’s trajectory of folk-rock grandeur.
Aided and abetted by the usual suspects (viz Alexius Cai (Piblokto) on guitars, harmonica & vox, Victor Low (Affixen) on bass, effects, synth & vox and Dean Aziz on drums & percussion), Lam brings us sophisticated musings within complicated harmonic shapes and alternate tunings.
One has to admire Lam’s dogged commitment to his music – compromising not one wit to appeal to the masses – keeping a lazer-eyed focus on the intricate beauty of his compositions.
Remaining true to his inspirations – the electric UK folk movement of the 70s – songs like “27”, “Rain Dance” and “Snakes and Ladders” never but never undertake the path of least resistance.
The tracks do not venture much beyond the mid tempo range retaining Lam’s patented dreamy atmospherics (“Dream On” notwithstanding, ironically enough) – the lushness and richness evident lull the listener into a easy reverie that pleases and delights throughout.
Kudos to Lam and company for conjuring a magical musical ride that will reward closer inspection time and again. Essential!
… still there’s more …