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«Biosphere based his last work on the novel "De la Terre à la Lune", written by Jules Verne. He gave us the sounds of travelling into space, and the breathtaking silence of contemplating earth from the moon. Had David Vélez, in his Lezrod disguise, inspired himself in the works of Jules Verne for this release, and I would say that he was showing us around the mighty submarine Nautilus, and then taking us in a guided journey through the deep sea.
Is the name "Submar" an abbreviation for Submarine? Only David will know for sure. But in this first piece, everything is dark. Sounds that could almost be labeled industrial group together and are splintered with samples of water moving. Almost no rhythm, apart from the waves of static and the flow and ebb of distant echoes of dark sounds. A gloomy landscape, with the comforting melancholy that only Lezrod can achieve.
The song "Asiv" really gives the listener the impression of being underwater. The bleeps seem sampled off a sonar, the static and electricity that run through all its 18 minutes duration could very well be the soft humming of the Nautilus' engine room, whose motors ran on an electric power source, as imagined by the brilliant Jules Verne.
Lezrod continues in the line of his previous releases for Test Tube and Zymogen. Except that his sound is getting thicker and more intense. A listener that knows his previous work will certainly guess who's behind the wheel here, but on this release, he no longer lets clicks'n'cuts have so much focus, preferring to bring into the light some field recordings, carefully controlled noise drones, static, slow broken rhythms that only start to make sense after a few listens, ambients (aquatic, I stress once again) that seem to flow like waves, and so many more layers of sound. Lezrod's sound is getting more difficult, but more rewarding in equal proportion.
The title says it all: sonic explorations of surreal landscapes and infinite spaces. This is the best description one could give.» - Luís Marta

Downloads:

01 • Submar ................................................................................... pt us
[8'20'' • 13,3Mb • 224Kbps]
02 • Asiv ......................................................................................... pt us
[17'42'' • 28,3Mb • 224Kbps]
  • artwork ................................................................................... pt us
[PDF-Zip • 1,51Mb]
  • all tracks + artwork ................................................................ pt us
[Zip • 42,5Mb]

Reviews:

«Lezrod è il nick del colombiano David Velez. In questo album, Exploraciones sonoras de paisajes surreales y espacios infinitos, Lezrod ci introduce in una atmosfera acquatica in cui suoni liquidi si mescolano a rumori meccanici come quelli che potrebbero generarsi nella sala macchine di un ipotetico Nautilus…»
- Mauro Graziani [MG Blog] / December 17, 2007

«Anyone who listens regularly to electronic music is aware of the many promising young sound artists coming out of Central and South America. Free Albums Galore has already featured artists from Mexico and Chile. Columbian David Vélez, who records under Lezrod, is just the newest of these experimental musicians who focus on releasing through the internet. Here are six albums by Lezrod from the Zymogen and Test Tube netlabels. (...)
The two tracked Exploraciones Sonoras de Paisajes Surreales y Espacios Infinitos also makes for some heady listening. This conceptual piece is based on the writings of Jules Verne. Seleccion Natural is in 256kbps MP3 while Exploraciones is in 224kbps MP3. (...)»
- Free Albums Galore / November 07, 2007

«Colombiano alojado em Nova Iorque grava para netlabel portuguesa registo de sonda coscuvilheira a mapear profundezas obscuras do Atlântico. Estimulante.»
- Jorge Manuel Lopes [UM Jornal #03] / November 16, 2006

«Listening to music is strange sometimes. While I was listening mostly to minimal house over the summer months I am listening to ambient and more experimental releases now. Is listening to music linked to the seasons? Anyone written a thesis about it already? Let me know.
Anyway, this is the second release by Colombian artist David Vélez on Portugese netlabel Test Tube. The correct title of this two track release is Exploraciones Sonoras De Paisajes Surreales Y Espacios Infinitos.
The sounds on these two recordings are rather dark. Field recordings, drones, bleeps and even rudimentary rhythm can be heard throughout the 26 minutes of both tracks. While this description may sound like as if there was no structure you will be surprised how well everything falls into place. Of course this is a very experimental release and people who mostly listen to mainstream radio probably won’t call this music at all, but I encourage everyone to listen to it and let their minds wander.»
- Not So Relevant / November 11, 2006

«I really liked that release from the first time I heard it. And the sounds were absolutely unrecognizable, (I usually can imagine how some music was made) but this first track was totally new sound to me. Actually it's just some noises and effects, but they all sit in their own places and make harmony. Quality work and great sound trip. Thanx again (I dont review anything usually).»
- Gultskra Artikler [EARLabs] / November 10, 2006

«(...) Lezrod, j'aime bien. Ce nouvel ep ne déroge pas à la règle. Musicalement, c'est assez différent de ce qu'a pu déjà réaliser David Vélez. Plus lourd dans les sonorités, légèrement moins mélodique (quoique), sûrement plus complexe aussi. Je ne décroche pas. C'est bon à entendre. Submar, premier extrait, laisse entrevoir à lui tout seul l'élégance de Lezrod. C'est sombre, mais assez poétique. Et je n'ai pas vu passer les huit minutes, comme quoi...
Le second morceau, Asiv, poursuit la virtuelle descente vers les abysses. A écouter...»
- LaFresto / November 08, 2006

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