Flanger Magazine- “Breslin” LP


Instrumental music for Acoustic Guitar, Echo, String Synthesizer, Modular Synthesizer, Rhythm Machine, Electric Piano and Field Recordings. Limited LP Edition of 234 on Sophomore Lounge Records. Each LP Jacket features a screen printed and unique hand stamped design by FM. Record will not be as pictured. All copies feature custom imagery.



“A set of spry, pastoral Acoustic Guitar and errant Electronic pieces that harken back to libraries by Teisco, Vittorio Marino, and the like, yet mapped in an alien manner unlike any known lanes. Unusual and uniformly excellent.” - Keith Fullerton Whitman

”Solo flight from Chris Bush of Caboladies/Flower Man & Equipment Pointed Ankh. 13 tracks of tunefully coruscating modular synth and familial acoustic guitar. Some of the simmering/unknowable crowd murmur made famous by the Caboladies is present here, though the bulk of Breslin’s meat has the dial set to Song. “Clocks In Mirrors” recalls The United States of America at their most chiming and bucolic (think Cloud Song) while “View of the Interior From The Road” moves in and out of focus gently introducing an element of unease for the walk home. The digital sprinklers of “Untitled” and “Cooling White Projecting” could be on the other side of the street from Richard Youngs’ Garden of Stones. “A Sketch of the Lobby and Staircase” sees Emitt Rhodes up all night on the world’s first wooden computer typing over and over “You don’t always need to sing…”. Rough hewn and handmade, the DIY song-spirit of Gareth Williams and Mary Currie’s Flaming Tunes and the pastoral bubbling of Broadcast in full on british library music mode.”- Jim Marlowe (Sophomore Lounge)

"Been so long since we've had some F.M. Finally.. on LP after all these years. I seriously didn't want it to end. Subtle, pastoral, cohesive and scenic. Best record I've heard all year."- Joe Bastardo (Moss Archive/Bastian Void)

“Easily my favorite LP of 2018… chilling folk library electronic bliss.”— Alex York (Torn Light/ FantastiqueHQ)

“Flanger Magazine is an occasional guise of Kentucky synthesist / songwriter Chris Bush, and Breslin is his first full-length under the alias. Chris first came to my attention as a member of Lexington synth trio Caboladies, giants of the kosmische that was sweeping the basements, galleries, and industrial spaces of the US in the mid-2000s. Seeing this LP pop up in recommendation from several friends provided a perfect invitation to check back in on Bush's body of work.  Breslin is a surprising collection of miniature compositions for acoustic guitar and synthetic sound, steeped in a breezy yet melancholy atmosphere. Chris's guitar playing is informal yet entirely affecting, recorded with a bedroom intimacy and capturing a forlorn tenderness. The hand-played synthetic accompaniments are perfectly matched, turning plaintive finger-picking into baroque pastorales, and lyrical strumming into retro-futurist moonscapes. I hear echos of baroque-pop wonderment like Pidgeon and the synth-kissed classical of Linda Cohen, but Bush forges an aesthetic entirely his own, that's not only uniquely charming, but eminently re-listenable.”- Grippers Tip

“[T]hirteen (mostly) mellow excursions of glistening modular synth and placid acoustic guitar… that recalls the more pastoral wing of British library music and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, and a number of experimental folk records (Bruce Langhorne’s laconic score for The Hired Hand, Linda Cohen’s Poppy output, These Trails). Though best explored in its entirety, “Approaching Shore” serves as an appropriate microcosm—a drifting synth line wandering circles around tranquil guitar, eventually joined by bubbling electronics that throw ripples across the song’s waters. Unassuming, bucolic, and wistful—Breslin is an absolute delight, borne from a juxtaposition that could easily go astray.”— k evans, Aquarium Drunkard https://aquariumdrunkard.com/2019/07/11/flanger-magazine-breslin/