Lozk is the name of an ambitious audiovisual project that Colombian musician and producer, Leonardo Suarez Jimenez, has pieced together. Classically trained, Leonardo decided to broaden his musical palette by doing an MA in Audio Production at the University of Westminster (UK). His latest work, Meaningless Words, is the result of all that education and it’s paid off. Meaningless Words has garnered critical acclaim including a John Leckie Award. The ten-song work was released in October of 2015 and features an unorthodox cacophony of sounds. Leonardo implements samples of quotidian objects into his compositions including: street noises, animals, and chanting.
Meaningless Words opens with a short 23-second sample, it’s a menacing prelude to what sounds like something from a Guillermo del Toro flick. The intro serves as groundwork for ten tracks wrought with the same dark-fantasy vibe.
‘Amusaca’ is an elaboration on track-1. Pandering to a familiar gothic horror atmosphere, the music ambles to a start with exotic instrumentation before launching into a rhythm breakdown in the development. Google the lyric ‘Amusaca’ and nothing turns up, but Leonardo puts enough conviction in the chant to give it a haunting narrative all on its own.
‘Han Sow’ is the first single release on Meaningless Words and its graced with a corresponding music video. ‘Han Sow’ is a beautiful collision of urban dance and exotic world electronica. It’s unclear what the lyrics are, and it’s possible that the syllabic utterances exist only to create rhythmic continuity between voice and synth textures. The music is as hypnotic as the video, blending colors, images, and sounds with luminous poise.
No song on Meaningless Words is more emotive than the playful ‘Chiaro.’ This is a song that simply builds upon itself in the most organic way. Opening with the clean ping of bell chimes and then breaking into a ghostly melodic synth refrain, ‘Chiaro’ is a demonstration of what Leonardo can do commercially: a catchy tune true to its roots without compromising playability and alienating the listener. Bravo.
Leonardo is a talented producer and musician with the open-mindedness and creativity to take experimental music to a level of broad appeal. His sound structures and arrangements are distinctive, yet palpable in the most sinister way. For an album with ambiguous lyrics and instrumentation, Meaningless Words is readily transparent yet refreshingly dark.
Notable tracks include: ‘Han Sow,’ ‘Chiaro,’ and ‘Oscuro.’ Sounds like: Amon Tobin, Nine Inch Nails, Juno Reactor, Hidden Orchestra, Hugo Kant.