Evans, Lee: Animist Pools LP
A shifting center in a stream of rippling analog tones, the music of Lee Evans is orchestrated to transfix, echoing sounds heard in nature with modular synthesizers and the powerful element of chance. Evoking the Fourth World Music of Jon Hassel or the kosmische innovations of Cluster, Animist Pools marks its composer, Lee Evans’ first full- length release.
Citing his background in painting as a chief influence on his musical approach and thought process, Evans composes with a strong sense of space –– each sound an event in a slowly expanding landscape,
zooming out to reveal a world of scale in which depth and contrast take precedent over rhythm and melody.
Embracing the generative compositional nature of working with the modular synthesizer, Evans himself is the final filter through which all sounds pass. The boundary between programmed repetition and human choice is subtle, but detectable, highlighting Evans’ careful, nuanced guidance of his autocompositions. The result is ultimately an improvised structure –– a living, breathing, musical creature, acting on a mixture of impulse and memory.
Animist Pools is an immersive, meditative, and therapeutic experience.