- Zama, 202 A.D. [11:23]
- Anabasis (The retreat of the ten thousand) [10:14]
- Intentionis (Intention) [8:57]
- Cogollum Cogito (Harvest shoot) [4:08]
- Evanesco (Dissapear) [5:05]
- In Hoc Signo Vinces (With this sighn you will conquer) [5:48]
- No Ni Vull ! Not, and I don’t want) [3:17]
- Ecce (As well) [5:11]
- Initiamenta (Initiation) [4:49]
- Ferox (Ferocity) [4:41]
- Vastitas (Huge) [4:08]
Sequences and retro sounds from Spain
Jorge Munnshe / Amazing Sounds –
In his second solo album, John Lakveet has succeeded in creating an epic symphony, intense, full of warmth, beauty, stormy atmospheres, and also mystery.
With a first hearing the listener already perceives the effort there are behind this project. In successive hearings, the range of this CD appears in all its greatness. The music is impetuous, risky, able to evoke situations where the emotions are given a free run and adrenaline floods all our entire being. The dramatic melodies and strong sequences that appear in certain passages, provide some of the compositions with an apocalyptic atmosphere.
This album takes us towards the unknown eras of yesterday, but also towards the unknown tomorrow. In short, this is a magnificent album, which no doubt will contribute to increasing the reputation of this artist.
2003. Jorge Munnshe / Amazing Sounds
Phil Derby / Electroambient Space –
Spanish resident John Lakveet returns with a strong follow up to Sequentiagite, named in a way that really can’t be typed – there’s a circle around the K in EPIKUS, all in caps, the letters with an ancient stone-like appearance. But this is music firmly rooted in the future, not the past.
After a few minutes of surprisingly low-key atmospherics, Zama
Travis Briggs –
Epikus was my first experience listening to a John Lakveet album, although I had heard of him as a result of his Silent Mars collaboration with Dom F. Scab, who is undoubtedly one of my favorite purveyors of Neo-Berlin school EM.
Epikus will probably appeal to fans of Scab, but it should be noted that Lakveet‘s soundscapes are less melodic and noticeably less polished in terms of sound design, and while he probably traverses more sonic territory and infuses his compositions with a greater sense of variety, he also often relies on fairly unfocused song structures in order to accomplish this. If you are a fan of constancy or a more traditional song format, however, you shouldn’t necessarily let this turn you off, as Lakveet often discovers uniquely compelling combinations of sequencer patterns within the context of his unrestrained experimentation.
Epikus has an ancient Roman theme, and although I can’t really say that these sequencer tapestries are evocative of any imagery from that time period, I have to give Lakveet credit for using a foundational concept that bypasses the many thematic clichs of the EM genre. We get started on a particularly foreboding note in the form of Zama
Hever / Mexico –
I think is a very magical and intellectual music. Like me so much the sound arrangements and the convention of drums and guitar sounds. I hope you can launch some of your music in this side of the world. Because is a little difficult find this kind of artist an his music here.
2004. Hever / Mexico
Jorge Sergio –
Epikus es, en esencia, msica del futuro inspirada en acontecimientos del pasado. En este caso, el sintetista cataln John Lakveet se basa fuertemente en la historia de las antiguas civilizaciones clsicas griega y romana como medio para, una vez ms, hacer maravillas con diversos medios electrnicos. El inters en la historia de John Lakveet parece hacerse patente en los trabajos del cataln. Desde las antiguas civilizaciones clsicas, hasta las catedrales de la poca medieval, pasando por los iconos de arqutectura de Antonio Gaud que estaban presentes tanto en Sequentiagite (su anterior trabajo), mostrando en su portada una escalera en espiral de La Sagrada Familia, como en este Epikus donde, acertadamente, aparecen yelmos de guerreros que se pueden observar en la Casa Mil de Barcelona.
Tras la publicacin de Sequentiagite, donde mezclaba fuertes secuencias con ambientes, siempre centrndose en la electrnica clsica, tal y como hizo anteriormente en el grupo At-Mooss, el sello discogrfico holands Groove Unlimited recogi el relevo, para publicar este trabajo. En conjunto, el trabajo es, quizs, menos sorprendente o arriesgado que Sequentiagite, posteriores trabajos como Building Sequential Stones Vol 1. o su trabajo Silent Mars junto a Dom F. Scab.
El porcentaje de secuencias por minuto” en Epikus (perdn por utilizar esta expresin tan frvola) es menor aunque sigue siendo una parte inportantsima del disco. Hay una mayor cantidad de elementos atmosfricos y con largos pasajes de acordes ambientales. El trabajo de rtmico sigue existiendo
Paul Rijkens –
The sequence. . . The reiteration of minimum units of sound chained in recurrent repetitions.”
This is what Spanish electronic musician John Lakveet writes on his website introducing his first solo-CD “Sequentiagite”. “Epikus”