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Former Iowa City musician releases new album

BY EMILY BURDS | OCTOBER 25, 2012 6:30 AM

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Audio: Unknown Component

"Moral Vultures"


"Sensory Deprivation"


To say that Keith Lynch is a man of many talents is an understatement. Lynch, now a Des Moines resident, began his music career and his project Unknown Component in Iowa City in 2002. Ten years later, his newest albums, Blood v. Electricity, was released last week.

Tonight, Lynch will perform some of his new music at the Java Creek Cafe, 588 Boyson Road N.E. Readers who attend the performance and mention reading about him in The Daily Iowan will receive a free copy of his new album.

On the album, Lynch literally plays it all, ranging from the guitars to vocals, piano, and drums. He then takes his recordings and mixes them for his album in his independent recording studio.

“I find that it’s less complicated when it comes to writing and recording music [to do it myself],” he said. “It allows me the freedom to go in any direction I’d like creatively. I also want to learn as much as I can as a producer, and I feel that this is the best way to do that.”

Lynch started playing guitar 10 years ago, and he has since taught himself every instrument he knows. His first album that was made on a simple four-track tape recorder.

“So the production wasn’t the greatest, but that was the start of the project and eventually led to where I’m at now,” he said.

He described his alternative style of music as philosophical.

“The music ranges from slow songs to energetic songs,” he said. “I’m trying to create a sound and style I can call my own, I’m not sure I have a word for it yet.”

His music video “When the Illusion is What it Seems” received a Silver Star award at the 2012 ADDY Awards. His music has also been featured in the film The 4th Life and can be heard on radio programs such as “Undercurrents.”

When he is not in the studio, he said, he spends time performing throughout the Midwest at least once a week.


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