Voices From The Lake: Remastered & Reissued
Donato Dozzy & Neel mark the 10th anniversary of their collaborative project and eponymous album, Voices From the Lake with a fully remastered reissue on Spazio Disponibile
The album makes its debut vinyl release, as well as on digital formats, on March 7th 2023 as the duo make their way around the world for a selective live tour. As well as a traditional vinyl LP, the reissue is available as a 4 x 12″ box-set, also including an exclusive photo book. Find both options on Bandcamp.
The Italian DJs, producers and long-time friends are nonconformists of ambient & leftfield techno, both masters of their craft before joining forces. Painting vivid, multi-layered soundscapes with slowly unfolding rhythm and texture is the duo’s MO, a by-product of which, is producing some of the most inventively entrancing ambient techno in the scene.
It’s often said that the best music comes about as a happy accident, and that is certainly true of Voices From the Lake. The career-defining album first arose in the thoughts of Dozzy and Neel when the latter was preparing a mix for the former’s wedding and named it Voices From The Lake. It was a pertinent title that stuck in their minds, since both grew up in Italy’s coastal regions and in their early days, the pair held private parties on the shores of a lake.
Celebrated Japanese music festival, Labyrinth, was at the time also held by a river and a lake in the middle of a forest on a serene mountainside. That exact setting served as inspiration when making music to play live on stage. During preparations, they “accidentally” wrote an entire album’s worth of material. The result has only ever been performed live a few times — once at Japan’s Labyrinth festival in 2011, at London’s Barbican, Barcelona’s Mira Festival, Paris’ Marathon Festival and once during 2022’s Amsterdam Dance Event.
Those shows saw the pair using banks of analogue and digital equipment to improvise in the moment, essentially remixing the album live on stage. That spontaneity is captured in the original Voices From the Lake recordings and on later LPs such as Live at Maxxi in 2015, and the most recent EP, Quarto Freddo from 2020.
The debut album remains a standout achievement.
A decade on, its quiet intensity, musical storytelling and slowly unfolding tension remain in a class of its own. With meticulously designed sound and careful arrangement, the spaces left behind are just as important in conveying its captivating mood and emotion. Rather than traditional kick drums, hi-hats or snares, this is music crafted from layers of real-world sound: dripping water, chirping birds, rustling leaves or a distant breeze, which defines the album’s organic allure.
From deeply contemplative to cautiously optimistic, pastoral organic scenes to more underwater worlds, Voices From the Lake is a cohesive collection of tracks that add up to one inseparable whole.