Mark Lenover is a twenty-nine-year-old musician who over the last ten years has released seven full-length albums and three EP’s. He seems to be an unending reservoir of music and his recent release Signs of Violence is an album full of relevance, artistic ingenuity and well-written songs. Lenover is the type of guy who has something to say with his music. He strategically plans his attack and delivers songs that are ripe with meaning. According to Lenover Signs of Violence “was conceived as a brief, yet sweeping condemnation of our ubiquitous and carefully cultivated culture of distraction and desire.” Throughout the album Lenover explores our hedonistic tendencies through a combination of ambiguous lyrics and examination.
The subject matter sounds intriguing but my interest would wane if Lenover couldn't deliver musically. Luckily, Lenover is a certified eccentric who makes wonderful music that will attract fans of artist like David Bowie, Flaming Lips, Joy Division and I would even make a case for Scott Walker. Vocally, Lenover sounds like a cousin to Bowie. Quite frankly I thoroughly enjoyed his vocals throughout.
Lenover delves into several genres including experimental, electronic and rock during Signs of Violence but the songs sound connected. Perhaps the most important aspect is that these songs whether they are guitar based or built from electronic components are essentially pop songs. Lenover has more than one vocal melody that is sure to get stuck in your head.
The first song “Our Naked Eyes” is testament to the musical ingenuity of Lenover. He combines bass, guitar and soft atmospheric elements as he delivers the lines “You will learn to hate me.” The song picks up some energy and momentum when the electronic drums enter in the picture. Lenover pays close attention to details, as the programming is intricate, dynamic and aesthetically appealing.
On “The Main Event” Lenover kicks thing off with a beat that sounds similar to what you would hear from Lali Puna while “Suffer” is a minimal piece revolving around his vocals and piano.
Lenover is a certified talented artist who deserves more recognition than he has. Take a listen you won't be disappointed.
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