GDP Song of the Day-ish – Unknown Component – The Weather is Our Disguise

Gross Domestic Product is just around the corner, April 14 (THIS SATURDAY) to be exact, and I thought to help promote it a little, I would feature a song from one of the bands each day-ish. I probably won’t do it everyday (or week as it turns out *sigh*), thus the -ish. For more info on GDP visit the Facebook Event Page or Des Moines Music Coalition’s website

I like being in public and I like being around people, but I do my best work when I am allowed to just be by myself and focus. To paraphrase George Bluth, Sr, there is beauty in being alone. I assume Keith Lynch feels the same way. His band, Unknown Component, has released 9 albums and have been one of the most familiar names on the live Des Moines and Iowa City circuits. He is the heart, soul, brain, voice and well, everything behind Unknown Component. In fact, he is Unknown Component. He makes all of the sounds himself. Every lyric, every instrument, all the editing and layering and production. All Lynch. This wouldn’t be so impressive if the song was crap, but well. It ain’t.

Lynch uses all the sounds at his disposal to produce some indie pop magic. The stringed instruments blend in well with the somewhat echoed, Dylan-esque vocals. As the song progresses, the drums pick up and hit incredibly hard for how smoothly the rest of the song flows. It is an interesting dichotomy between the beauty of what I believe is a cello or perhaps even (or maybe also) violin, the bedded piano and the background effects and the savagery of the drums. It is quite an interesting mix. Live, Unknown Component tends to turn more acoustic, but it will be interesting to see exactly how he presents this and other songs in a setting like GDP. Regardless of how it comes across live. I’m certain it will be interesting.


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