LiG’s Into Elevation was independently released on April 6. Sydney-based musician Len Samperi is the force behind this beach-y project, and he doesn’t disappoint in this debut.
The project was inspired by the passing of Samperi’s beloved dog. The musician wrote the song Into Infinity” shortly after the event, and the rest of the album came into its own place, according to the artist’s Bandcamp profile. In the song, LiG reflects upon his abrupt spurt of sadness and recounts significant memories he shared with his friend, alluding to a road trip in a beat-up van with just the two of them. “How did we survive?” LiG sings, slipping in subtle humor into his melancholic track.
I really enjoyed the first track “Elevation” for its feel-goodness. The song loops over a funky guitar jam that matches the beach-themed album artwork very much. “Call It A Day” is a chill track that has a jazzy feel to it. The guitar solo on this song is the smoothest on the entire project. The “ah-oo”s on here made the track seem like a sentimental slow dance song, while the suave vocals give the track a Reservoir Dogs effect.
For a debut album, I’m really impressed by the quality here. Each song is very well-mastered, and it’s especially noticeable on “Into Infinity” when Magdalena Mira fills all vacancies with her soothing backing vocals.
Overall, I would’ve liked to feel a little more energy from the project as a whole. Each song assumes a midsummer, day-at-the-shore vibe, but I think that perhaps exploring more acoustic sounds or implementing some keys here and there would bring this project full-circle; Basically it could use some more diversity in the sounds. The sounds Samperi uses are so crisp that I would like to hear what it would sound like if he threw around some different, less-typical sounds in his work.
Overall, this is a chill project; great to listen to on a simple sunny day. Give this album a listen, and I think that you’ll be eager to hear another project from Samperi in the future.
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