Lovers Do


It was in 2008 that Bruno Pronsato released his last album, Why Can't We Be Like Us (HELLO 010CD), and in the meantime he's kept very busy -- primarily with side projects. First there was Others, his experimental house outfit with Daze Maxim. Then came Public Lover, his duo with the French artist Ninca Leece that debuted last year on The Song Says (Bruno's label). He's continued to join forces with Sammy Dee as Half Hawaii, playing live shows around Europe and putting out tracks on Perlon and Diamonds & Pearls. As half of the duo Ndf, he co-produced Since We Last Met, a single that marked his debut on DFA and landed in Pitchfork's top tracks of the year. But while he was juggling all these different projects, one piece of music was slowly taking shape: his third and most immersive album, Lovers Do. Like much of Bruno's work to date, Lovers Do is experimental without being snobby -- or to use his own term, "accidentally avant garde" -- but this one takes it further than the others. It has a looseness that's truly rare in techno; scrapping formulaic verses and breaks, it winds along like an abstract sketch, guided by intuition instead of logic. Some songs are fraught with nervous tension, others are soothing and rich with detail, from dappling Rhodes to orchestral swells, jazzy drum fills and wet hand claps. Human voices swirl in and out of the mix, serving only to make things more surreal. Many of the tracks stretch well beyond ten minutes; one bows out after less than three. The album overall is delicate and subtle, but it also features Bruno's best club tune in years, the eerie and delirious "Feel Right." Brian Eno once described his own music as a place you occupy rather than a thing that happens. Lovers Do is such a place; a lovely, impressionistic scene with amber tones and murky figures, dim street lights and dusty shadows. Bruno spent two years composing Lovers Do at his home studio in Prenzaluerberg, Berlin. His muse Ninca Leece makes scattered cameos throughout the record, and "Feel Right" features vocals from a raft of Bruno's friends and contemporaries, including Vera, Margaret Dygas, Marc Schneider, Marco Rafanelli, Alex Petit and Pheek.