Seth Olinsky is an award-winning American musician, producer and composer, best known as the guitarist, singer and founder of the influential underground rock band Akron/Family. He has toured world wide playing festivals such as Coachella, Primavera, and Roskilde, and has released records on Young God Records, Dead Oceans/Secretly Canadian, P-Vine, Joyful Noise, Crammed, Spunk, Family Tree Records, and Lightning Records. He is also known for his multi-band orchestra piece Band Dialogue, and 40 drum performances alongside his rock n roll musical moniker Cy Dune. His large works have been performed at several festivals and museums including Hopscotch, SXSW, Treefort, Sled Island, Ecstatic, River to River, and MASS MoCA. In 2019 he became the newest member of the LA based, Grammy nominated experimental classical ensemble WildUP.
Lightning is excited to release E, the first single off of the new Seth Olinsky album Bronzed, the soundtrack for the film Bronzed, written and directed by Mike Egan
and stars Linas Phillips and Johnny Pemberton. The soundtrack weaves between a beautiful, ambient, and borderline spiritual sound sound that would fit with fans of Arvo Part or Stars of the Lid, and an off the rails modern horror score and noise music sounds of Colin Stetson, Mica Levi, Oneotrix Point Never and Jonny Greenwood.
"For many, the highlight of the festival came on Saturday afternoon at Band Dialogue III, where Seth Olinsky of Akron/Family, who was performing at Treefort under the moniker of his side-project Cy Dune, took on the role of composer and conductor in leading a dozen full bands in a massive orchestra that lined both sides of a closed off city block. Olinsky used cue cards to give the bands chord progressions, and his back and forth commands triggered bands, instruments, and alternating sides of the street, creating a sweeping whirlwind of sound that washed over everything in the surrounding area.”
- Portland Mercury
“There’s no hyperbole that could adequately describe the sheer sensory assault. It evoked the scale of post rock experiments such as the Boredoms’ 77 and 88 Boadrum event gatherings, but accomplished something more joyous and profound: a conversation, not just a shared trance. It was epic. It was exhilarating. It was beautiful.”
- Oregon Live