10 Songs, 30 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Similar to Beach Boy Brian Wilson, chamber-pop savant Levek (a.k.a. David Levesque) has cited the scores of classic Disney animation to be one of his main influences. Levesque started as an Orlando, Fla., elementary school bus driver by day and cloistered home-recording shut-in by night; now he has a spectacular 2012 debut album recorded with a 15-piece ensemble. “Black Mold Grow” opens, with sunflared harmonies that recall David Crosby and Graham Nash harmonizing over a psychedelic backdrop, with ingenious sampling and a hard-grooving bass line. “Canterbury Bell” follows with the beautiful melancholy of Simon & Garfunkel’s “April Come She Will” before “Terra Treasures” re-creates the kind of '60s tropical bossa nova that Sergio Mendes & Brazil 66 specialized in. “Muscat Mingle” shifts gears into a driving instrumental strapped with an arsenal of trippy textures and sounds that seem haunted by The Olivia Tremor Control’s late, great Bill Doss. Levek’s feather-light voice simmers down to a barely audible whisper on “St. Francis,” another collage of lysergic plunderphonic sounds that echo the Elephant 6 Orchestra.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Similar to Beach Boy Brian Wilson, chamber-pop savant Levek (a.k.a. David Levesque) has cited the scores of classic Disney animation to be one of his main influences. Levesque started as an Orlando, Fla., elementary school bus driver by day and cloistered home-recording shut-in by night; now he has a spectacular 2012 debut album recorded with a 15-piece ensemble. “Black Mold Grow” opens, with sunflared harmonies that recall David Crosby and Graham Nash harmonizing over a psychedelic backdrop, with ingenious sampling and a hard-grooving bass line. “Canterbury Bell” follows with the beautiful melancholy of Simon & Garfunkel’s “April Come She Will” before “Terra Treasures” re-creates the kind of '60s tropical bossa nova that Sergio Mendes & Brazil 66 specialized in. “Muscat Mingle” shifts gears into a driving instrumental strapped with an arsenal of trippy textures and sounds that seem haunted by The Olivia Tremor Control’s late, great Bill Doss. Levek’s feather-light voice simmers down to a barely audible whisper on “St. Francis,” another collage of lysergic plunderphonic sounds that echo the Elephant 6 Orchestra.

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About Levek

Levek is the moniker of Florida musician David Levesque's solo project. Levesque worked by day as an elementary school bus driver and retreated into a world of home recording by night. Beginning the band in Orlando, Florida in 2009, Levek first appeared in the form of a nine-song demo posted online. The songs were quickly celebrated by several tastemaking blogs for their insular beauty, and bore similarities to the dreamier moments of orchestral indie-folk mavens like Grizzly Bear, Devendra Banhart, or Sufjan Stevens. Levesque also cited Disney movies as a key inspiration for his whimsically melancholic sounds. The group followed with a self-titled 7" in November of 2010, relocating to Gainesville, Florida and occasionally enlisting various friends and musicians to represent the live version of the band at sporadic shows. The band's first proper album, Look a Little Closer, was released in late 2012 by Lefse Records. ~ Fred Thomas

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