Night Cleaner first surfaced early 2015 with ‘Sketch for Winter III: Green Sleeves,’ a hermetic dose of bedroom psych-music that saw Atlanta guitarist and songwriter Matthew Lambert diverting away from the sprawling squall of his main band All the Saints. Now, Night Cleaner reinvents itself with ‘Even,’ a new set of six songs written, performed, produced, and recorded solely by Lambert.
Using a mix of MPC, guitar, Juno, Casio, and Rhodes, ‘Even’ wafts in a woozy cloud of sounds from the underbelly. It’s a dizzying and mystifying run of bizarre resonance, seemingly run through some disfigured diesel engine. In fact, the album was largely inspired by continuous drives around the city of Atlanta–downtown, East Point, College Park, and Decatur, to be exact.
Opener “Forty” sets the stage with an eerie mix of heaving, vaguely disgruntled guitar and slurred chants, all shepherded along by some autonomous and chugging vehicle. “Privacy Light” kicks into a slightly higher gear, stomping through its shambling beat culled from a drum machine and a slew of hand percussion. “Tight Nights” closes out the A-side with a blitz of isolated post-punk and a tonal symphony of feedback and noise.
“WDE” recalls Night Cleaner’s early meditations on stoned and blissed-out psych-pop while “No Tint” is a modern kraut-pop masterpiece, riding a muted but brilliant riff and pushed along by a perfectly monotonous beat. Closer “Even” strips everything back for a more austere, altogether haunting drift of rural psychedelia that burrows deep into the subconscious.
released January 17, 2018
Matthew Lambert on:
Jim Crook plays an analog shaker on "Solids (No Tint)" & kick drum on "Privacy Light"
To all those kind hearts that lent me their items to make noise with, thank you:
Jim Crook Space (Virginia Highlands basement)
Sarah Hilton Juno 6
Curt Benham Rhodes
Scott Johnson Rickenbacker Bass
LIke tman1015, I am a little scared of this album. It is a deeply shocking and accurate musical portrayal of senile dementia -inasmuch as I've (sadly) observed members of friends and family become gradually subsumed by it.
Yet it is captivating, there are many moments of beauty along the way. I cannot stop going back for another listen.
I wonder if anyone (apart from the artist) has managed to listen all the way through in one sitting. I am not even close to managing yet. Simon Woolf