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Music Review: For Lynch, going solo is all you need

Megan Sebestyen
Staff Writer

To say that Keith Lynch is the man behind the music of Unknown Component is an understatement.

Lynch is the band’s only member; he writes the lyrics, plays all the instruments, records the vocals, mixes and masters the CDs and releases and promotes them himself.

Lynch will release his latest album “The Infinite Definitive” Oct. 12. To date, the project consists of eight self-released independent albums.

This Iowa native band got its start in 2002 in Iowa City.

Lynch is a self-taught musician who got his start by learning to play instruments like electric guitar, acoustic guitar, electric bass, piano and drums.

Lynch realized he could play all of these instruments for his own band, sing and promote the album.

Unknown Component is classified as indie rock and alternative and does well to capture late ‘80s sounds like The Cure and Squeeze on “The Infinite Definitive.”

“The Infinite Definitive” features smart, articulate tunes with driving rhythms, and they feature some slightly unusual arrangements that give the songs interesting depth.

The lyrics carry the listener along and Lynch’s ability to create great imagery through his lyricism is not unlike that of Bob Dylan.

Songs like “A Heavy Heart or an Empty Stomach” have slightly cryptic lyrics, unveiled with Lynch’s soft, mellow voice.

Lyrics in “Moving Out of Frame,” the opening track, “In another form of cover/ everyone survives/ the reflections in a window/ walking side by side/ you can breathe and make it through the night/ you can see with eyes uncompromised/ the story in your mind,” showcase Lynch’s talent to create images.

In addition to creating everything else in the album, Lynch creates the artwork for all of the albums; he has an artistic gift too.

Lynch has survived thus far by self-promoting and seems to have a buzz going about his band; many Internet forums house discussions about the merits of his music.

The band now has a home on iTunes and would make a great addition to an indie lover’s music library.

More information can be found on the band’s website at or its Myspace page at

The music video for the song “Meek” is available on Myspace for viewing.

The album “The Infinitive Definite” can be pre-ordered over his website.

Megan Sebestyen can be reached at

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