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Lezrod - Genki vol. I

David Velez is better known as Lezrod and has released a couple of releases under this moniker on both Zymogen and Test Tube. His latest work Genki consists of two parts which are simultaneously and separately released on both Zymogen and TestTube as a collaboration between both net labels.

The title Genki is derived from the contraction of two words:
- Gene, which answers.com describes as "hereditary unit consisting of a sequence of DNA that occupies a specific location on a chromosome and determines a particular characteristic in an organism"
- Ki, which refers to the Kanji symbol for "spirit, mood". In a wider sense it also stands for the concept originating from traditional Chinese culture "to be part of every living thing that exists, as a kind of 'life force' or 'spiritual energy'"

Concerning new musical achievements Genki I and II are not only a great step forward compared to earlier releases, both volumes also mark a transition to a new period in David Velez' life, from quitting his job in Bogota, Colombia for working full time on his music to moving to Queens, NY (in the northeast of the United States) with a new job in an unfamiliar environment and a different culture.

Vol. I, published on Zymogen, is connected with his previous releases on this label, such as the Qwartz nominated "Retorno a la Nada" and the amazing concept album "Data Transfer".
As Lezrod, David continues to consider melody as an important element of his composition, but the research of it has became even deeper than in his previous works.
During his new life in Nyc David has been in search of silence for long time and these tracks represent the research of it through beautiful sonic layers.

Olliver Wichmann, Filippo Aldovini




Track List:

  • 01. Arqsoni
  • 02. Domrich
  • 03. Mu
  • 04. Azules
  • 05. AM
  • 06. Seleccion Natural
  • 07. Digi4
  • 08. Hojas


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General Info:

Download Genki Vol. II from TestTube

"Digi4" contains samples from Darren McClure


© Lezrod
© Zymogen, Test Tube

Cover Artwork:
© Laurent Batailley
© Zymogen

This work (audio tracks, cover, text) is licensed under a creative commons license.



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Reviews for this release

Crrrk! The Lezrod sets music to the tectonic plate movement.
Lezrod a.k.a. David Velez of Colombia has been around for quite a while. He released at Rain Music, Test Tube, Enough Records and Standard KLIK Music. But his career started at Zymogen Netlabel. His new album Genki has been released in two volumes: part one is published by the Italian label, part two can be downloaded at the Test Tube website. A clever trick because all participants double attention and listeners can consume the whole thing in handy portions instead of running 100 minutes of music en bloc. Moreover, Test Tube and Zymogen are pretty close to each other (both personnel and musical) so that cooperation makes sense. Iím going to review part one of Genki because I think that itís a bit better than part two, slightly more coherent. Maybe itís also because I like Zymogen better than Test Tube, dunno. Please check both volumes!

First song "Arqsoni" is starts with clean synthesizer-bleeps until a sublayer of hissing drones comes in. Warm crackling like sampled from an old vinyl-disc mixes with the twinkling soundsÖ image Kubrickís clean white starship-interieur from 2001: A Space Odyssey covered with a serious layer of ancient dust. Rich. Second track "Domrich" zoomes-out a bit. The detailed microstructure of "Arqsoni" gets lost for the benefit of a slow pulsing, a rolling like on sea. Compressing effects introduce nice glitches. I like the song because of the steady bass-tones that build the backbone of the whole track and to whom all the tonal elements refer to. "Mu" afterwards comes off like a dub of "Arqsoni". Delayed noises, dirt laden field-recordings and synth-elements interfere, there is a certain, nearby cinematic feel of menace. The tonal synthesizer-texture David introduces at last reminds me of Zymogen label buddy díincise.
My favourite track is "Am", or, letís say, the second half of it. The songs starts with panning synthesizers and fragments of a womenís voice. A nice bass-line comes in, the initial elements fade and return alongside something like a reversed guitar-motive. Sounds a bit like Jan Jelinekís Krautrock-excursions, very nice and warm, the recent Nole Plastique-record might also work for comparison. The same kind of crackling warmth can be found in "Digi4". The Lezrod mixes dub-inspired bass-sounds with beautiful synth-tones and a lot of subtle noises. Thereís a hypnotic closeness about "Digi4" thatís present beneath the complex surface of a thousand cracks and crevices. According to the artwork Zymogen and Batailley chose for Genki, you can imagine a stream of magma, calmly flowing under a shell of cooled-off stone. Final track "Hojas" features some nice field-recordings and reverse guitars that give you a good fade-out.

The music of Lezrod has the microscopic claim to examine the textures of sound. His album Genki is an abstract mediation on music and sound in general, making use of psychoacoustic repetition and the offset and alienation of subtle field-recordings. Still there are enough Ďmusicalí elements left to keep the listener attached, certain harmonies, little melodies, interesting textures than form in-between. Music that sounds like the ground beneath looks like, dark brown, particulate, massive, beautiful.
Rubored / 02 Aug 2007

Columbian artist David Velez aka Lezrod has released two extraordinary albums on Italian netlabel Zymogen and on Portugese netlabel Test Tube respectively. As you can guess Genki was released as a collaboration between both labels which makes sense in at least two ways: 1) Lezrod has released on both labels before and 2) 101 minutes of music is simply too much for a single release.

Musically David Velez stays true to his earlier releases and makes heavy use of field recordings resulting in very abstract and experimental tracks. However I am always surprised to discover some nice melodic elements which help listeners to follow Velezí sound explorations. Actually I managed to listen to both volumes in one session. Also Velez doesnít force listeners to pay attention to every micro sound within his tracks. There is time to reflect on sounds; donít worry about missing a sound or even pattern, you will discover them the next time.

These two releases are big, really big. Lezrodís best tracks so far.
Not So Relevant / 02 Jul 2007