Lambda Celsius (or Λ°C) is the musical avatar of AC Carter: artist, musician, producer, bass player, and costume designer. AC currently performs as Ana Echo in a karaoke set up in hand-made costumes accompanied by Amazon’s virtual assistant Alexa as the DJ, speaking from a post punk ethos highlighting gender inequality and the passivity of the stereotyped gendered voice.
AC has written, designed, recorded, and produced all of their own material, from instrumentation and production to designing their albums layout. AC’s take on music comes from the perspective of the sensual, thinking is feeling (and vice versa); in turn embracing the overlap between the sonic and the visual. AC highlights how the personal is political, conceptually pulling from personal trauma and cultural critique, revealing the inconsistencies of our perception of gender-norms in an attempt to reimagine a world not defined by gender or sexuality.
AC’s sound is rooted in post punk and 80’s r&b through pop sensibilities. Straightforward lyrically yet whimsical, AC brings influences from art, books, cultural analysis and critique, much in step with a folk vernacular yet with a cold and asexual demeanor. AC’s influence range from Laurie Anderson to Grace Jones, from Kim Gordon to Patti Smith, from Robert Morris to Isa Genzken, breaking down the framing devices that are always at odds with creative personas.
So far in 2018, AC performed at Big Ears Festival for the 12-Hour Drone in Knoxville, TN, Athens Popfest in August, and toured the east coast, performing at the last JV L@b of the year in Queens, NYC. AC has made costumes for Jennifer Vanilla for her recent performance at MoMA PS1, and Kevin Barnes for Of Montreal's music video "Plateau Phase-No Careerism No Corruption". AC’s work will be published in New American Painting South Issue #136 in 2018, and was featured in a group exhibition curated by Wendy Vogel and presented by Regina Rex at bitforms in New York City. AC has recently opened for Of Montreal and Locate S,1, and has released their second album Ana Echo and the Beauty of Indifference through their own label Scorpion Beach and Banana Tapes (Nashville, TN) projected for September 2018.
ABOUT ANA ECHO AND THE BEAUTY OF INDIFFERENCE:
Ana Echo and the Beauty of Indifference is Lambda Celsius’ second album released through their own label Scorpion Beach. Diaristic and vulnerable, Lambda Celsius embodies their livejournal-esque avatar named Ana Echo among the other virtual personas that they embody.
Ana Echo confronts past sexual trauma and shame, questions her romantic and platonic relationships, and highlights aspects of our culture still stained with gender inequality. She performs in handmade costumes of industrial materials in a karaoke / cabernet-like set up with the virtual home device Alexa as the DJ, singing her own material as both theatrical and deconstructive.
The album is not only concerned with the songwriting but also the sonic object (ie CD, vinyl, or cassette) in which music is distributed from. Why not do a few variations on a theme? Inspired by minimalism, fluxus, and conceptualism, AC designed two different jewel cased CDs, and a Thong with a download code, further inquiring about the viability of the sonic object. If music is now streamed instead of inserted into a disk drive or spun on a turntable, why does the music have to have a sound-delivery mechanism at all? Can’t it exist as a coded garment?
That direction doesn’t just include the music. As the self-elected director of Lambda Celsius, the Birmingham-born artist dons multiple hats: musician, head writer, costume tailor, graphic designer, video producer. But it’s the performer in Carter that dictates every other aspect of the metaphysical troupe. Through that bundle of media, the artist can manifest the multitudes that compose their non-binary identity. Ana Echo carries the torch for the upcoming album Ana Echo and the Beauty of Indifference, with melancholic synth-pop that harkens to Carter’s ambiguous idols and repurposed objects of the domesticated female. But the next persona could transform everything. Lee Adcock, Immersive Atlanta
The creative trajectory of Lambda Celsius over the past 10 months or so has been positively meteoric…Specifically, “Beauty of Indifference” and “Simulacra” are the type of catchy tracks that’ll catch the ear of casual listeners before drawing them into Carter’s world of deeply rhythmic, heavily heady music. Standout tracks from the dark side include the superb "Fashionable Linguistics" (co-written with murk daddy flex) and “PMMDMD.” For my money, at least on the night I’m writing these words, I could loop the EBM groove of “Time to Change History,” with its cinematic storm sounds and disintegration sound effects, for an hour and not get bored. So, yeah, it’s that good, y’all. Gordon Lamb, Flagpole
There’s something undeniably appealing about the dark vibes that permeate throughout the self-titled album from Ann Catherine Carter aka AC Carter aka AC aka Λ°C. For fans of the production style of late 70′s, early 80′s post-punk undertakings, this should feel right at home. It’s a wall of sound broadcast from a dark room, easily inspired by the likes of New Order bass tones and proto goth vocals. The lead track, “At Least You Make Me Feel”, features R. Stevie Moore (presumably on guitar) and certainly sets the template for the rest of the record." We Own This Town
"Nashville-based musician and painter Λ°C dwells in the area between specificity and a broader artistic sense of experimentation. Her work in both mediums exhibits a wild and cathartic release of emotion and rational/irrational thought—she connects with her audience on an academic level as well as a distinctly empathetic one." Phinery
"[Λ°C] bring[s] a different perspective to her music than you might get from someone who's focused solely on pop music — a very cool thread to have in your scene. As Carter has shifted her focus from funky noise toward post-punk and electronic pop, she's continued to work with the idea of taking rigid, grid-like structures and bending them out of their manufactured shape and into something organic. Stephen Trageser, Nashville Creme
Lambda Celsius has a new song out right now named “R & R” that honestly doesn’t sound like it came out of either city. Imagine a scene in a slightly damp, almost too cold pre-wall-fall West Berlin discotheque where the DJ has a stack of American R&B records and also a stack of Belgian minimal synth records. Then she accidentally drops them all, they get mixed together, and this song pops up. All of which is to say, this is a pretty tasty slice of icy yet soul-seeking sorta cold-wave stuff that’s totally worth your attention. Gordon Lamb, Flagpole