1995 - "Dabblings In Darkness"
1997 - "Black Canvas"
Project Lo - 1995 - "Dabbling In Darkness"
(54 min, LoLo)
1. Dark Desert Moon 8:51
2. Three Rivers of Lor 10:16
3. Hip-Hopnosis 8:09
4. Sand 7:06
5. Boji 2:40
6. Summa 9:08
7. The Way Home 8:19
All tracks: by Lozaga & Lorentangeli.
Bon Lozaga - acoustic guitars
Jim Lorentangeli - keyboards; programming
Percy Jones - fretless bass (on 1, 2, 4, 6, & 7)
Chris Farr - saxophones (on 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, & 7)
Bobby Thomas - hand drums (on 1, 2, & 4)
Pierre Moerlen - drums (on 1)
Vic Stevens - drums & percussion (on 3)
Gerald Veasley - 6-string bass (on 3)
Caryn Lin - violin & viola (on 6)
Mike Murray - chant (on 6)
Produced by Bon Lozaga.
Engineered mainly by Ed Dibona at TMP, Berlin, NJ.
Above all, it must be said that there are no electric guitars on the debut Project Lo album, and Bon plays only acoustic guitars here. In other words, an acoustic guitar is the central soloing instrument here, as a result of which the album has a very specific sound. There are a lot of highly innovative ideas on "Dabblings In Darkness", and the uniqueness of sound raised to the power of genuine creative inspiration is the main feature of this music. There are seven compositions on the album, the four of which: Dark Desert Moon, Sand, Summa, and The Way Home (1, 4, 6, & 7) are about a semi-acoustic Fifth Element, which is certainly heterogeneous in character. The dynamics of changes of the album's predominant stylistics and the constituents of it look as follows. A blend of Jazz-Fusion and Symphonic Art-Rock is laid in the basis of the first two of the said compositions, and a triple union of Symphonic Art-Rock, Jazz-Fusion, and Classical Music in that of both of the latter of them. The elements of music of the East are present on Sand and The Way Home, though the album's closing track features in addition those of Space Rock, and Summa the ritual-like singing by a few men. The arrangements on all four of the compositions, that I am referring to, are quite emotional and have a mysterious and, sometimes, rather dark feel to them. Boji (5) features the interplay between passages of acoustic guitar and those of synthesizer and is about Symphonic Art-Rock with elements of Jazz-Fusion rather then vice versa, whereas both of the remaining pieces: Three Rivers of Lor and Hip-Hopnosis (2 & 3) are very much in the vein of Classic Jazz-Fusion. Apart from acoustic guitars, the main soloing instruments on the album are synthesizers, saxophones, bass, and drums. The parts of hand drums are featured on Dark Desert Moon, Three Rivers of Lor, and Sand, those of piano on Sand and The Way Home, and those of violins on Summa. Finally, I should mention that "Dabblings In Darkness" is a highly complex, which, above all, is due to the fact that all the arrangements here are in the state of constant development. Overall, the first Project Lo album is one of the most original and interesting musical entities born in the middle of the 1990s, to say the least.