Stephen Hamm: Theremin Man (album review by Christa V.)

I think that this is the first time I’ve heard an entire album dedicated to the theremin! Hamm’s first solo album (he was in the Evaporators, with Nardwuar, and comedy duo Canned Hamm) showcases the titular instrument, but also brings in elements of hip hop, pop, and EDM. The theremin might be known for creating otherworldly space noises, but that sure is not its limit within this work. There are tracks like “Inner Space” that are entirely instrumental where the theremin sounds lyrical, like a violin playing an aria. And others like “Stranger Friend” that incorporate vocals and feel like a typical pop song. Clearly space is not the limit for this artist! Favorite tracks: 2, 3, 7

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