Release Date: Jan 31, 2012
Record label: Prologue
Genre(s): Electronic, Club/Dance
Though their first record came out some six months earlier, Voices from the Lake, a collaboration by the Italian techno artists Donato Dozzy and Neel, really came to life last summer at Labyrinth in Japan. This was where they debuted most of their work together, playing live in the closing slot on the second night of the festival. Even if you've never been to Labyrinth (this reviewer hasn't), it's hard to imagine a better time and place for this particular duo to perform: a softly lit gathering on a wooded mountainside, with their subtle but immense sounds flowing through a supposedly peerless sound system.
Voices From The LakeVoices From The Lake[Prologue; 2012]By Will Ryan; April 4, 2012Purchase at: Insound (Vinyl) | Amazon (MP3 & CD) | iTunes | MOGTweetVoices From The Lake premiered last year with the 4-track Silent Drops EP - a bit of tongue-in-cheek posturing from Italian techno producers, Donato Dozzy and Neel who've carried on with the Voices moniker, stopping off to thoroughly decimate Dozzy's usual launch pad for his slippery brand of ambient techno at Labyrinth Festival in Japan where much of their eponymous full-length debut was first revealed. Despite Voices From The Lake's meteoric, 6-month rise as a duo to most of the dance music community's attention, its the material itself that's helped its rapid ascension become the stuff of quaint, archetypal legend. The name was coined in 2010 by Neel - title to a mix of introverted deep house infused techno that seemed to plop onto the MNML SSGS blogspot from nowhere.
Since its inception, Munich's Prologue label and its stable of artists have been associated with a brand of techno focused on deep wells of subterranean rumbling and liquid synth washes, an ambient, texture-oriented sound once dubbed "headfuck techno" and that has become ubiquitous. Prologue has a secret weapon in Donato Dozzy, whose own productions could range from relatively chugging techno ("Menta"), pastoral daydreams (his remix of Tin Man's "Nonneo"), and any manner of ambient synth kosmische material. His Voices From the Lake project is a collaboration with fellow Italian Neel, and solves Prologue's predictability problem by reinventing typical techno structures wholesale.
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