Jason Letkiewicz – The Reflecting Pool
A legendary array of recording aliases converge in Jason Letkiewicz, who with The Reflecting Pool releases music under his original name for the very first time in well over a decade of activity. Formerly based in New York, now Chicago, the artist known as Steve Summers, Alan Hurst and Malvoeaux; operator of the Confused House imprint and member of groups Doubler, Rhythm Based Lovers, Mutant Beat Dance and Two Dogs in a House (just to name a few), had been a touchstone for genre-breaches in synth and dance music on the east coast since the early 2000s. For Greek label Into the Light, his latest album is a relaxed, emotive work. Made with only a few pieces of gear: a Tempest drum machine played as a synthesizer using a midi keyboard and effect pedals; and with each part played one at a time onto a multitrack recorder, an unprecedented process for Letkiewicz; the album has an organic, intuited and personal feel indicative of the stripped-away process. With tracks like “Weightless” and “Burning Off the Morning Fog,” the soundscape is melodiously jeweled, all glassy surface with spontaneous plunges into the deep, effects rippling behind. Recalling new age greats of the past (think Edgar Froese’s Aqua) The Reflecting Pool utilizes archaic machines for pulsing, prismatic effect. Letkiewicz’s nuanced mastery of inner atmospheric beauty is at play through the dips in mood within, from icy pinnacle to flush sunrise.