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Douglas Lee Debut Album Out Oct. 23 Conjures up Nino Rota, Angelo Badalamenti, Niklos Rosza & Carl Stalling – whoa!
DOUGLAS LEE DEBUT INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM THEMES FOR FALLING DOWN STAIRS SET FOR RELEASE ON OCTOBER 23
Multi-Instrumentalist, Performer, Composer and Sound Artist Plunges Head First Into Timeless Aural Solo Album Performing an Array of Unusual Instruments Including Musical Glasses, Koto, Shamisen, Analog Synths, Wild Noisemakers and Various Soundscapes
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LOS ANGELES, CA (THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 17, 2020) – Douglas Lee, is set to release his debut album Themes For Falling Down Stairs on Friday October 23, 2020.
Themes for Falling Down Stairs is an aural treat that takes the listener to remote place in their imagination. Sounding like a mash-up of Nino Rota, Angelo Badalamenti, Niklos Rosza and Carl Stalling, it’s equal parts 40s Film Noir soundtrack, Romani gypsy music, Shibuya-Kei Japanese pop, 60s Italo-western soundtracks and 30s Shanghai cabaret. Fleshed out with postmodern arrangements incorporating electronic noise, live manipulated electro-acoustic sound effects and various exotic devices to produce rich soundscapes, the album sounds as if somewhere in time, the muslin gauze has been pulled off the concussed head of a transfixed toy doll as a child to reveal the world’s strangest down and out performance of all time.
The track listings for Themes for Falling Down Stairs is:
- Evening Stars of Cyrangoon
- Raid On The Purple River
- Jeminor’s Lost Night In Kakarta
- Montgomery’s Trek
- Zarseilles Lowrider
- Emzir’s Ark
- Jasmine Hover Blossom
- Lucky Money Music
“I’ve performed around the world on television, been a featured soloist on the glasses and work assisting and developing wild sonic tools and practices, but nothing compared to completing my debut solo album Themes for Falling Down Stairs,” said musician Douglas Lee. “I was able to create my own world using otherworldly music and my love of outré instruments like the glasses, Theremin, the koto, musical saw and shamisen to inhabit a time and space that exists separate from the location of the listener.”
Written and arranged by Lee, Themes for Falling Down Stairs features him performing an array of instruments including the musical glasses, koto (a thirteen string traditional Japanese zither), shamisen (a traditional Japanese string instrument similar to the banjo), guitar, gong and chime orchestra, Baschet sound-sculpture, marimba, vibes, electric organs, analog synths, wild noisemakers and soundscapes.
Produced by Michael Rozon (Ministry, Bastard Noise), Themes utilizes nine musicians performing a range of diverse instruments. Woodwinds, brass, string and analog synths carry melodies through an ever-changing experimental electro-acoustic collage of glass and marimba. All are supported by a rhythm section of upright bass, piano, organ, ambling guitar and drums. Mixed with field recordings, locational performances inside a large silo and live-manipulated sound effects it’s like nothing you have ever heard before.
An entirely instrumental album, Themes for Falling Down Stairs creates an aural place that can be visited distinctly separate in time and space from the location of the listener. It’s an audible cognitive illusion of a euphoric destination, rich with detail and immersive imagery.