Wednesday, September 24 2014
When it comes to eclecticism, no other electronic musician can replicate the sheer ingenuity that American producer David Pezzner invokes within his mosaic compositions. Hailing from Seattle’s enlightened indie-music scene, the multifarious studio mogul has steadily supplied a series of notable releases since the early 90s. After initially fulfilling career ventures as one half of classic house outfit Jacob London, his sights have recently shifted towards a more independent musical outlet: his prolific solo project, Pezzner. Unhindered by the industry’s often-scrupulous guidelines, David’s artistic reinvention (under his newest production moniker) has amassed considerable acclaim in light of its obstinate diversity – exploring a kaleidoscopic assortment of styles and sounds.
Early in November, Pezzner proudly premiered his sophomore full-length artist album, ‘Last Night In Utopia’. Fittingly hosted via Marc Romboy’s legendary Systematic Recordings imprint, the 15-track assemblage readily exemplifies Pezzner’s ongoing stylistic expansions. Featuring an extensive inventory of electronic music genres, subgenres, and hybrid-genres, his latest auditory artwork shares but one underlying similarity: pristine quality. While some critics remain dispassionate towards the more exploratory ends of the musical spectrum, the eloquently crafted ‘Last Night In Utopia’ still merits an undeniable appreciation on behalf of its listeners. Continuing his trajectory into 2014, David follows suit with his strongest release to date on the the decade strong, Crosstown Rebels. This time Pezzner teams up with Italian/Egyptian co-producer, Amina and B-side remix by Hotflush label boss Scuba.
Earlier works by Pezzner repeat this same pattern: Dance music for the brain as well as the body. His 2010, LP for Freerange Records ”The Tracks Are Alive” is a 13 track walk through of his electro/organic sounding style, in full dance-floor mode traversing with ease between disco, house and techno. Beatportal wax lyrical how it “blows like a cool breeze through the stale air of a market crowded with by-the-numbers deep house” and Resident Advisor note the “rising, sizzling dub effects” of his ‘Blacklist’ release, adding “a steeliness to his refined contours”. 5 Magazine coins Pezzner’s work as ”Future classics made for dance floors in the here and now”, while Ibiza Voice describes it as ”Lush and tense with a transcendental twist”.
Club shows abound not only in Europe, Pezzner’s live shows and DJ sets regularly move the dance floors of some of the most renowned venues including Space Ibiza, Rex Club in Paris, Womb Tokyo, Fabric London, Cielo New York, and Chicago’s famed Smartbar.