Restored 21 June 2017, originally published 31 December 2015
The latest from Lezet is called Distorted Voice Recordings. What you will hear on this short album is, well, there’s no other way to say it: distorted voice recordings. Very distorted voice recordings, at that. It’s a nice little blast of musique concrete; and by nice, I mean loud and aggressive.
Lezet is the one-man music project of Igor Jovanović from Pozega, Serbia. He has released a ton of music (69 albums and counting) on numerous labels across the globe. This new one seems to be a new experiment building on prior experiments with distortion.
If you were not listening closely for the concept behind this music, you could be forgiven for thinking the first track (“Indios”) sounded like some wild distorted guitar. But upon closer listen you will realize it is, in fact, a human voice making the sounds.
The second track “Nephew Playing Happy Wheels” sounds like a cute concept, doesn’t it? Nephew stops by for a visit with Uncle Igor and is caught on tape playing a game. Unfortunately, all may not be as it seems. The website for the Happy Wheels game describes it as “a real picture of how accidents can occur and lead to bone fractures, loss of consciousness, and death.” So, good clean family fun. Combined with severe distortion of the voice of nephew Vanja Zivkovic, it all adds up to a higher pitched and disfigured track.
The track “Animals” is a little blast of humor in the middle of the five pieces here. It is a short but amusing slice; you can have fun identifying the animal sounds you hear. It struck me as funny picturing Igor creating these noises (assuming the alternate explanation that he has an odd collection of animals around his home infringing on his recording time is not accurate).
Two more tracks with two more unambiguous names (“Gas, Opera, Guitars” and “Laughing, Cheering, Sobbing, Selling”) round out the festivities. Taken all together, this is a consistent and energetic blast of distortion that doesn’t hang around too long. You may find it an effective antidote of you’re feeling overwhelmed by holiday music.
This one is released courtesy of the suRRism-Phonoethics netlabel out of Offenbach, Germany, “specializing in Experimental music. Some of our releases could be classified as Electronic art music/Electronic music, industrial or experimental music with sub-genres like Electro-Acoustic, Improvisation & Cut-Up.” This Lezet mix is right in their sweet spot.