Local Action have been on an amazing run of late, but possibly the most striking project they've put out this year is Lease of Youth, the debut album from Erskine Lynas (aka Thomas Emslie, who's previously released as T_A_M on Coyote Records and Apothecary Compositions).
In some ways Lease of Youth recalls Deadboy's Earth Body album from earlier this year - they're both strange, downcast electronic pop records made by producers with one foot in dance music and that bring their creator's vocals to the forefront. But while Deadboy was influenced by R&B and Scott Walker, Emslie's singular album draws from a very different pool of influences, some of which he's taken the time to outline for us below.
Lease of Youth is out now on Local Action. Order it here.
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Souvenir
Everything about this song influences the feel of 'Lease of Youth' for me. Those nice reverb-y chords, breathy vocal synths, the high vocals and the way the lead melody just weaves in amongst it all.