Gavin Rozzi is a 16 year old resident of Forked River, New Jersey. When he is not serving his sentence in the local public school system, he is an independent IT consultant, author, electronic music producer and innovator. Gavin received the 2012 Reader’s Choice Best Computer Repair Award from the Asbury Park Press for his IT services.
This being Gavin Rozzi’s debut album, I was blown away, especially being aware of his ‘tender’ age. These 11 tracks, which make up “Severe Weather” are immaculately crafted, and reflect the work of a producer and composer well-experienced in his craft.
There is an abrasive immediacy to Gavin’s electro sounds which are also accompanied by thoughtfully applied metamorphosis and progression. There are lengthy, spacious and reverberating passages accented by sounds and samples which conjure physical places, allowing the listener to become more immersed in the sound, but this is not an album of meandering and repetitive ambient music.
The merging of traditional and modern, organic and electronic has been discussed many times over with regard to recent techno and house albums. On his debut Gavin Rozzi manages to blur the lines between avant-garde, house, and ambient, making an album that incorporates all three and more and yet manages to make merging these apparently contradictory moods and styles seem natural.
Rozzi’s work is never trite or clumsy and it always sparkles with freshness. According to the composer, the album is “A journey through sound, combining multiple genres and the sounds of weather.” Each track on “Severe Weather” will resonate with a different part of you. The songs are all equally beautiful and unique, but some are particularly crafty at appealing to even the most elusive facets of your states of being. Standouts like “Cirrostratus”, “C21 H30 02”, “Isotropic”, “Statism” and “What Difference Does It Make” make you feel as though you are receiving an intellectual and spiritual deep tissue massage.
The album bursts with atmosphere, color and playful energy, while the compositions contain all elements; the rhythm, the melodies, the sounds we are so familiar with. Gavin gives us music that we immediately connect with but are fairly certain we’ve never experienced before.
On “Severe Weather”, Gavin Rozzi seamlessly melds multiple styles into one atmospheric and monstrously enjoyable album. One moment you’re drifting among light, colorful speckles of sound and the next you’re inside a warped and malicious cyclone of hard bass and heavy drums.
This dude has a mass of potential! Check him out!