LYNY, also known as Alec Leinhauser, unveiled a new EP that rewrites the conventions of the electronic music genre to explore new soundscapes. The Familiar consists of three tracks, each with a special meaning to the artist.
Familiar is a complex idea for when you treat something immaterial — like happiness, fear, or evil — as a material thing. This can be a way of making something concrete and easier to understand. In this case, the music itself is a material thing, which serves as the familiar, or reification, of what I’ve learned about growing as a person in the past few years.
The album demonstrates LYNY’s diverse influences, as well as his ability to fuse them and create something entirely his own. Combining the sounds of Skrillex with more minimalist artists like Ross from Friends and Pocket, his music achieves a chill and introspective sound.
“Cat Tale” starts off the album, combining lo-fi with a more mechanical touch. Hollow and light, the beats reverberate in a playful arrangement. It becomes difficult to predict how the sound will move throughout the track, as it keeps up a fast pace. The title makes a reference to the “unconditional love of a pet, and the bond we share with them,” with LYNY mentioning his own cat as an honest inspiration.
The second track, “Attach,” keeps things interesting with a rhythm of ticks and tisks. Like the sound of water dripping, the beats combine with heavier, distorted notes to create a fresh melody. Soon, the song transitions to a more lo-fi sound but keeps things interesting with unique sound effects here and there.
LYNY purposefully made “Home” last on the album, pulling on the idea that it’s something that one can always return to. LYNY stresses the idea that home is not necessarily a place that’s far away. Rather, one carries it around through spirit and feelings. It is, by far, the most comfortable to listen to. Repeating chords and measures produce a sense of familiarity, occasionally altering to something more funky.