"An intoxicating, emotional set of electronic reflections built on his poignant piano melodies while setting up electronic pulses and washes to take care of the rhythm side of things… the manhood has mated brilliantly with the circuits to produce a mood music masterwork - 5/5 - Essential" - Kris Needs, DMC Update Review.
Following the release of his debut album 'This Is How I Write' and several years of gigging around the UK and France, culminating in a memorable live set at the Big Chill Festival, as well as hosting his famous annual electronic carol services in London, LJ Kruzer returned to the studio to create a more streamlined sound, where the emphasis moved from beats and melody to variations in sonic texture, drawing inspiration from a broad spectrum of contemporary electronic music and pioneers such as Brian Eno and Isao Tomita, the results of which can be heard on his second album 'Manhood & Electronics'.
He says of the album, "the writing process is rhythm-based, even if the end product isn't obviously so – I treat the melodic elements as abstract complementary patterns and repeat these patterns in different timbres and combinations to try and create more emotive music… The album itself is a contemplation of one's life and place in the world, written while on the verge of fatherhood, told through wordless computer music. 'Manhood' is represented by the piano & other acoustic-type sounds in the music; 'electronics' by synthesizers, although even the acoustic instrument sounds are synthetic. Some tunes feature recordings of the room sounds made (chair creaking, mouse clicking et cetera) while different parts were being recorded through cables – this was in a bid to add more of myself and my environment into the music".
'Manhood & Electronics' is released on 3rd of August 2009 as a jewel case CD with an 8 page poster insert, or as a multi-format digital download. CD preorders are now available and purchasers will also receive a free digital copy of the album in 320kbps mp3 format.
released 03 August 2009
All music composed on the MO6; edited and built in Cool Edit/Adobe Audition. Acoustic sounds recorded with a Shure SM57. Thanks to Martin for the X5D.
The title Manhood & Electronics is taken from a chapter title in Bryan Strange’s memoir 'Scenes From An Erratic Life'.