Bogotá, Colombia-based electronic producer Lozk’s new album Meaningless Words is comprised of gibberish – a random assortment of syllables that could easily fool the listener into believing that they’re hearing a language from some hidden corner of the world that they never paid attention to.
Part of me thinks that Lozk (Leonardo Suárez Jiménez), a gifted multimedia artist with a background in classical music and a Master’s in Audio Production, is having a good-natured laugh at the listener’s expense. While the stated intent is that “the lyrics don’t influence what the music makes you feel, instead, it’s the music, by itself… that speaks,” I want to think of Meaningless Words as a jab at drugged out festival kids who aren’t paying any attention to lyrics. Imagine a tech bro named Chadwick in an Indian headdress dancing freely at an EDM festival and singing along to “Han Sow”, feeling some sort of shamanistic connection to the music and believing the song carries a profound significance that he could grasp if he only spoke the language.
Jiménez’s richly textured, post-industrial world of vibrant synths and innovative field recordings is surprisingly endearing given the subject matter, or lack thereof. “Amusaca” establishes a central mood for the album with powerful war drums colliding against an experimental collage of sound and dirge-like vocals. “Chiaro” is the album’s one misstep, grinding the momentum of the first five tracks to a halt with a flat two and a half minute instrumental. “Oscuro” begins with a similar melody before the drums hit and the track builds into a dark, dense composition reminiscent of Beats Antique’s finer moments.
Through its 10 tracks, Lozk’s Meaningless Words displays the sinister, ethereal qualities of Javanese gamelan. It’s like the dramatic score that plays just before the final showdown at the end of the summer blockbuster as doves scatter off into the distance and Vin Diesel or someone Vin Dieselish says something like, “This time, it’s personal.”
Meaningless Words drops on October 10.