While working as a radio producer, Brooklyn musician Tommy Bazarian began to incorporate stories and imagery he heard during the day at the station in songs which explored a wide array of subject matter, including thoughts on memory, cinema and the various conversations that would drift by him as he was working. Working under the moniker of Lampland, he drew upon childhood experiences and the accompanying youthful intensity to craft songs that felt simultaneously familiar and experimental in their exploration of everyday struggles.
By blending indie rock rhythms, alt-country rurality and spry pop-soul melodies (not to mention the odd assortment of found sounds and field recordings), he develops a constantly shifting musical atmosphere where his work is given free rein to evolve at its own pace and direction. And with the upcoming release of his debut record, “No Mood,” he’s focusing in on what makes these sounds so conversant and how he can subvert those rhythmic expectations while paying homage to the music which has been such an influence on his own creative processes.
With his latest single, “Did You Ever Wanna Know Why?,” he blends a mutated art-rock aesthetic with found sounds and tape loops to construct a song that immediately distorts our assumptions about these specific noises. The way he builds the track, layering unpredictable arrangements on top of one another until the result is an affecting and orchestrated cacophony, is wildly innovative and conforms to no standard melodic tradition – opting instead to forge a new musical identity from the various inspirations that have lodged themselves deep inside Bazarian’s brain.