Fatea, Neil King
Fatea, Neil King
‘Having primarily been aware of the work of Emily Levy through her various commissions, thanks in no short measure to Holly Severn, a big fan of contemporary dance, who introduced me to Emily’s work, I was really intrigued as to how Emily would take her sound design skills into a more conventionally structured band arena.
I guess it was a silly thought, partly because I guess there really is no such thing as a conventionally structured band arena, only a blank canvas to work against. In exactly the same way as Pollock, Mondrian and Constable all apply their art to a canvas and it’s still called painting, the same is true of a sound canvas and to use the current metaphor, Emily Levy is an artist that works in a mixed medium.
At its core Lost and Found is a gothic folk album, but it’s also a lot more than that. There are times where it feels like something familiar, the final track, “The Joy of Living” sort of reminded me of “The Last Leviathan” and yet stood apart from it, as it should, it may not be a coincidence that it’s also the only cover version on the album.
Levy does bring that build it and it will come approach to music for the smaller unit and with the likes of Gary Stewart and Richard Ormrod on it, it works very well, especially as she seems to be drawing on musicians local to her and they seem to be very much on her wave length.
It makes Lost and Found a very individual sounding album. It’s definitely an album that lives and breathes the gospel of its creator, at times feeling like order being drawn from chaos and then spinning the melting pot around again.
This is an album with a lot to give as there is so much that goes into it. Emily Levy has a real understanding of scale and this is an album that has been carved to fit that scale.'