Another day, another oddly name side project from members of The National.
Within a year we've had Pfarmers, EL VY and now we've presented with LNZNDRF. Whereas the other side projects have had some connection to Menomena, this time Scott and Bryan Devendorf, the respective bass guitarist and drummer for The National have recruited Ben Lanz, the trombone, sousaphone, and glockenspiel player for Beirut. They've then merged their two surnames, removed the vowels and there we have LNZNDRF (pronounced Lanzendorf).
The band aren't messing about, releasing three tracks from their upcoming self titled debut album to whet fan's appetites, and the results are impressive, if not slightly unexpected. So far we've received 'Mt Storm', 'Beneath The Black Sea', and my personal favourite 'Kind Things'. According to 4AD's press release, the trip formed in Auckland, New Zealand in 2011 and that the album was recorded in a church in Cincinnati over two and a half days, and that the were edited from 30+ minute jams, which "evoke the essence of their expansive, largely improvised live shows."
I'm all for the additional output from members of my favourite band, and actually really like the sound from this project so far but I can only hope this doesn't slow the progress from The National, who are currently working on the follow up to 2013's superb Trouble Will Find Me.
1. Future You
2. Beneath The Black Sea
3. Mt. Storm
4. Kind Things
6. Stars And Time
LNZNDRF will be released on 19th February 2016 via 4AD.