their new album “PRIVATE POP” the band „Lyn Leon“ present their
third CD, staging their release tour in Germany and Switzerland in
November/ December 2005.
wondrous voice, subtle images and beats of intriguing calm. That is the
realm of PRIVATE POP – and the tunes are very catchy indeed. A
multi-layered structure, however, underlies this attractive surface. Lyn
Leon’s songs tend to move in private spheres. Singer Carolyn
Leonhart’s meandering pop melodies establish a fine balance between
intensive clarity and bewitchingly lascivious directness. The two
supporting musicians and masters of sound Stephan Diethelm and Matthias
Eser take care of the tonal magic. Their radiating sound patterns
contrast with the pounding beats, resulting in fascinating aural
sculptures of surreal beauty. PRIVATE POP has a dramatic undercurrent
that, with every song, carries one further on an acoustic journey that
does not end with the final song ‘Touch of Angels’.
is not merely a spectacular band-history that unites the three members
of the band in a classical sense. Rather, what is amazing about their
transatlantic alliance is the fact that they have been working together
for almost ten years now. There is, for one, vocalist Carolyn Leonhart
from New York. Her home are the jazz clubs of the Big Apple, with a feel
for jazz and pop having been laid into her cradle. She has toured all
over the world with the US-band “Steely Dan” and at an early stage
was invited to Japan to record solo CDs. And then there are her
accompanying musicians Stephan Diethelm and Matthias Eser. The two
percussionists provide the richness of the European musical tradition.
Even more surprising is how well-balanced and finely tuned the music of
Lyn Leon presents itself on their third album PRIVATE POP. Of further
appeal are drummer and programmer Marco Argovino’s influences, who
also acted as co-producer of some of the songs. It goes without saying
that the two bass players Wolfgang Zwiauer and Marco Blöchlinger as
well as drummer Kaspar Rast contribute greatly to moulding the sound of
PRIVATE POP into what it is. Their congenial playing skills establish
the songs’ pulsating drive.
With glass to new sounds
unfamiliar music of tender beauty,” jazz critic Christian Rentsch
wrote about Lyn Leon’s musical style. Vocals, percussion and sounds
produce a smooth blend of remarkable musical artistry. The atmosphere is
relaxed, the songs are melodious and the melodies catchy. First there is
Carolyn Leonharts warm and mellow voice, making the subtly profound
lyrics radiate with lasciviously dynamic energy. Let yourself be seduced
by the sophisticated sound patterns, which mainly stem from instruments
made of glass. The rubbing of glasses for instance creates a kind of
floating, hovering singing, while glass-marimbas, if shaken, have an
unexpectedly bright sound to them. Many of these instruments have been
specially designed and developed for Lyn Leon in co-operation with the
glass-blowing works at Hergiswil.
Lyn Leon thrive as audience response increases
Lyn Leon’s music is causing a major stir among audiences. Thanks to their co-operation with the German record company SPV (since 2004), PRIVATE POP will be released not only in Switzerland, Germany and Austria, but also in Holland, France and the US. A sweeping success has been the “Al Jarreau-Tour 2004” with Lyn Leon as guest performers. In summer 2004, Lyn Leon was supporting act at the “Peter Gabriel Open Air” in Kaiserslautern.
this way the lounge presents itself in an ever-changing acoustic décor.
The result, however, are always sophisticated sounds of surreal beauty
once began will go on