Lars Leonhard + Alvina Red | Seasons – Les Quatre Saisons

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After the previous, purely instrumental releases by the Düsseldorf artist – the remix EP “No Comment” (2012) and his debut album “1549” (2011) – his new twelve-track album “Seasons – Les quatre saison” features singer Alvina Red lending her voice to the first of each four seasons’ three tracks in pure French – a language whose natural melody is tailor-made for Leonhard’s synthetic yet warming sounds.

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It’s been 287 years since Antonio Vivaldi wrote his popular masterpiece “The Four Seasons”. Following in these musical footsteps, Lars Leonhard now takes on the idea of molding the distinct characteristics of Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter into twelve pieces of electronic music.

After the previous, purely instrumental releases by the Düsseldorf artist – the remix EP “No Comment” (2012) and his debut album “1549” (2011) – his new twelve-track album “Seasons – Les quatre saison” features singer Alvina Red lending her voice to the first of each four seasons’ three tracks in pure French – a language whose natural melody is tailor-made for Leonhard’s synthetic yet warming sounds.

Living in Stockholm, Alvina Red is no newcomer either, gaining her first professional experience at the age of ten as a background singer for Agnetha Fältskog: the blonde Abba singer was looking for beautiful children’s voices for her song “Take Good Care Of Your Children” (the b-side of her hit single “The Heat Is On”) and made a find in the clear-as-a-bell voice of young Alvina. Following further engagements in professional choirs including the Nobel Prize awards in Stockholm and as a singer, songwriter and keyboard player for several band projects, Alvina and Lars Leonhard get together on this joint release.

With all tracks written in their respective season to add authenticity, production of “Seasons – Les quatre saison” took almost exactly one year. Leonhard starts the awakening of nature in Spring with the sleepy minimalistic “Le Printemps”, a digital spring of tiny and frail sound flowers on whose meadow Alvina’s voice flies like a soft breeze. Following its soft doze are spheric ambient landscapes, deep house rhythms and dubby chords like on the feather-light “L`éte”, and by “Dancing In The Noonday Sun” the dancefloor is open – Leonhard’s signature grooving dub-techno flows like a Tequila Sunrise at the Café del Mar.

Who fears for Autumn and Winter to be gloomy and cold is shown the nicer sides of these periods instead. Just like the seasons’ influence on our lives gets more or less intense, songs like the first cryptic then rhythmic “Colors Of Autumn” enter the listener’s soul both wittingly or unwittingly before unfolding their energy. And once Winter’s last frozen sound dies away with “Frozen Landscape”, you can look forward to the next cycle of the seasons.

Release Date // March 18, 2013
Format // Digital Album // CD
Catalog Nr // BINE CD29
EAN // 880319607028

2 reviews for Lars Leonhard + Alvina Red | Seasons – Les Quatre Saisons

  1. Igloo (US)

    Whether played on an icy cold winter evening, a reviving spring afternoon, a cozy summer night or during the autumn haze, Seasons – Les Quatre Saisons will stir up your senses with crystal clear sound and luminous vibrant hues. A gold mine for the creative DJ and a blissful listening experience for the avid curious listener.
    Purveyor of creative high quality electronica, dub techno, ambient and more, BineMusic—a residence for artists such as Move D, Scanner, Benjamin Brunn, Sven Schienhammer, Marconi Union and Fingers In The Noise—is releasing its first release in 2013: Seasons – Les Quatre Saisons, an album by one of the label’s most beloved sound sculptures—Lars Leonhard. Seasons – Les Quatre Saisons follows Vivaldi’s concept of his most famous work, The Four Seasons. Twelve pieces, three for each season, and Alvina Red—songwriter, arranger, vocalist and keyboard player—conceptually contributed her voice to the first piece of each season.
    Leonhard’s rumble through hypnotic dub techno, warm dreamy electronica and intoxicating deep / tech house is as colorful, dynamic and atmospheric as each season itself. While this type of electronic music often tends to be cold and empty, Seasons – Les Quatre Saisons provides something else, something soulful and enchanting. A 78 minutes long journey full of sharp grooves and mind-tingling manipulations. No fillers included. There are beautiful deep dive sofa flows here like “Spring Day” or the enticing “Colors Of Autumn” but the album also contains dance-floor-friendly monsters like “Dancing In The Noonday Sun” or the vicious “Summer Storms.” Alvina’s spoken words and chants add a narrative, windy, mysterious quality to the album, thanks to her alluring soothing voice. As mentioned on the press release, all tracks were written in their respective season to add authenticity, and the production of the album took almost exactly one year. The hard work certainly paid off and with a little help from Alvina Red, Lars Leonhard served us with a fine sparkling sonic cocktail. Whether played on an icy cold winter evening, a reviving spring afternoon, a cozy summer night or during the autumn haze, Seasons – Les Quatre Saisons will stir up your senses with crystal clear sound and luminous vibrant hues. A gold mine for the creative DJ and a blissful listening experience for the avid curious listener. Another excellent work from Lars Leonhard and BineMusic. Highly recommended.

  2. Vital Weekly (NL)

    What I like about Bine Music is their commitment to their artists. Once signed you stay there it seems. So here we have a new release by Lars Leonhard, helped by Alvina Red on vocals. She gets the same front cover credit as Leonhard, but only sings on four of the twelve pieces. Red is from Stockholm, ‘gaining her first professional experience at the age of ten as a background singer for Agnetha Faltskog (on ‘Take Care Of Your Children’, in case you wondered) and work in choirs, and in bands. Thematically the album here is about the four seasons, starting with springtime, then summer, autumn and winter. Each season has two instrumental pieces and one with vocals and it opens with nice, breezy ‘Le Printemps’. Leonhard is a man of ambient music, spiced with some fine rhythm, or a man whose slowed down his techno music and added a lot of atmospheric synths – it depends, I guess, from end you look at this. Either case, Leonhard continues what he started on ‘1549’ (see Vital Weekly 798). Deep washes of synth based music, rolling percussion, nice bass sounds and, while never aimed at the dance floor (I think at least), it has too much rhythm to lie back and chill out. It would be a nice challenge to find out if these pieces evoke actually said seasonal changes. Does ‘Soaking Wet’ have that autumn feel, if you didn’t know the title or the idea behind the album? I doubt that, perhaps maybe in the pieces with vocals, providing you don’t understand the French lyrics. I think the addition of vocals is a great move. Perhaps because I like female vocals, but the dreamy voice of Red makes a nice addition to the music. I wouldn’t have minded getting some more of these, say making the balance 50-50 in this album. Excellent stuff, all round here. Perfect waking up music on a dreary winter/monday morning. (FdW)

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