LEE VAN DOWSKI DROPS HIS FIRST ALBUM IN 10 YEARS WITH ‘CERCA TROVA’
Shapeshifting French producer Lee Van Dowski drops his first album in 10 years with ‘Cerca Trova’, a career triumph work spanning ambient techno, breaks and beyond.
The LP’s title, translates to ‘Search / Find’ and like the name, sees the Geneva-based artist digging deep into his musical repertoire. The 14-track work harks back to his diverse musical roots, when an initial passion for techno soon led the artist into more experimental territory with the likes of Autechre, Boards of Canada, Aphex Twin, Richard Devine and Otto Van Schirac, fuelling his musical obsession.
1. Lee Van Dowski – Creating Me
2. Lee Van Dowski – I.L.A.N.E.N.O feat. Miss Kittin
3. Lee Van Dowski – Awaken
4. Lee Van Dowski – Au Minimum
5. Lee Van Dowski – Phenix
6. Lee Van Dowski – Gy6z2
7. Lee Van Dowski – 1+1
8. Lee Van Dowski – Alekhine’s Defense
9. Lee Van Dowski – Repli Tactique
10. Lee Van Dowski – The One
11. Lee Van Dowski – Dans Tes Yeux
12. Lee Van Dowski – Toran
13. Lee Van Dowski – Cerca Trova
14. Lee Van Dowski – Sinon Toi
Since his last artist album ‘As Told On The Eve Of…’ with Quenum released in 2006 on Soma Records, Lee has been challenging himself to create a narrative beyond the dance floor, the results are mind blowing. An artist reborn since joining Anja Schneider’s Mobilee Records in 2013, the album follows on from Lee’s outstanding past 12 months that saw him drop releases on Cocoon, Bedrock, Suara, Rebellion (sub-label of Crosstown Rebels), This and That and of course Mobilee, home to ‘050504’, one of the year’s biggest techno tracks.
Anyone who has paid even cursory attention to Lee’s productions over the years will agree the expansive palette of sounds the Frenchman has explored through his work, which although diverse, flows smoothly from one multi-layered moment to the next. From the glitchy stylings of opening track ‘Creating Me’, to the equally beguiling and dreamy ambient collaboration with old friend Caroline Hervé (aka Miss Kittin), that was created after they spent a weekend in the mountains with Lee’s kids, the producer sets about building a creative and cohesive trip across 70 minutes. No mean feat for many a dance music producer, who tend to collect together their latest dance floor friendly tracks and book end them with ‘something experimental and different’.
Track 4, Au Minimum, with its wonky bass arrangement and wistful strings raises Van Dowski from merely a great producer, to that of a savant composer whose multi layered mind is reflected with a keenness and deft touch in his treatment of this oddly likeable chill out track. Then theres ‘1+1’; a grand, orchestral breakbeat-driven cut awash with strings and vocal harmonies which could easily be mistaken for a something Sasha might have found on the cutting room floor circa the Involver years. Which sets us up for the evocative ‘Repli Tactique’; an intoxicating, if infuriatingly complex, wall of sound driven by rich Flamenco-style guitar licks.
Lee shifts the momentum up another gear for the stunning electro breaks of ‘The One’. The delightful ‘Dans Tes Yeux’ is five minutes of pure, driving breakbeat euphoria, before the tempo is taken into gritty acid techno territory with ‘Toran’. To close, he then brings us down again with the beautiful left of centre title track ‘Cerca Trova’ and delicate piano-laden concluder ‘Sinon Toi’.
As the last track chimes out, I’m left with a sense of euphoria; a spiritual calmness. Its an honest, heart felt, and deeply personal album covering a vast array of styles, influences and tempos, but ultimately, pure undiluted Lee Van Dowski. I’ve no doubt in believing your kids are incredibly proud Lee. This is simply stunning from start to finish.
words by http://www.decodedmagazine.com/
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Sat 05 Mar 2016 – Dopolavoro – Brindisi, Italy
Wed 09 Mar 2016 – Rex Club – Paris, France
Sat 12 Mar 2016 – Watergate – Berlin, Germany
Fri 18 Mar 2016 – Café d’Anvers – Antwerp, Belgium
Sun 27 Mar 2016 – Pacha Barcelona – Barcelona, Spain
Fri 08 Apr 2016 – Snowbombing 2016 – Mayrhofen, Austria
Sat 16 Apr 2016 – Der Sonne entgegen “Mobilee #LetGo” 2016 – Hannover, Germany
Sat 30 Apr 2016 – Tap Tab – Schaffhausen, Switzerland
Fri 06 May 2016 – Arenile Reload – Casalnuovo di Napoli, Italy
Fri 20 May 2016 – Climax Institute – Stuttgart, Germany
Sat 21 May 2016 – L’ostra Club – Nancy, France