Daniel Lefkowitz’s story is an intriguing one that reminds me of the mentality that Christopher McCandless had when he went out ‘Into The Wild‘. Daniel went to college and dropped out, he toured with The Low Anthem and dropped out, then he went adventuring across America ending up living in a 12 foot yurt in the woods. He is not a fan of cities and prefers the simplicity and rawness of nature. The background and story of how Lefkowitz came to release new music sets the scene for the album. Before hearing the music I can tell it will be raw, heartfelt and emotive.
“It wasn’t intended as a drop out from society, but it became that. I started hating cities. I still haven’t recovered from that one. I thought that I was done with music in any professional way. I’ll just live in the country and get by. Somewhere I can see the stars at night. I was interested in a million different things, woodworking, metalwork, sculpture, carpentry… There wasn’t time in the day. There still isn’t. But then my friends from the Low Anthem were kind enough to let me tag along on one of their early European tours. I mostly took care of drinking the beer in the dressing room and playing my fiddle for tips in front of the club. But once a night they’d invite me on stage. I bombed hard one night in Belgium trying to play the fiddle. But it made me excited about music again. I had forgotten how much I love to perform. It’s a freeing experience for me and one that I’m glad to return to.”
Lefkowitz has been performing as the electric duo Futur Primitif and released a full length album, Machineteeth, on Integrity Records in April 2013. The album was recorded live with a full band made up of members of The Low Anthem in the Columbus Theatre in Providence, Rhode Island, and produced by The Low Anthem’s Ben Knox Miller. I would expect nothing less than that sort of set up for recording this album and I’m glad it was recorded live. More music should be recorded this way!
The seven song album, Machineteeth drifts through garage band rock ‘n’ roll and lo-fi folktronica, abandoning the persistent topic of love in exchange for an extended riff on the new, globalized American landscape. Check out the video for the first single Digital Space.
Futur Primitif features the songwriting and vocal talent of Daniel Lefkowitz and Jared Elmore on synths and drum machine. Now signed to UK independent Integrity Records for European releases, the first 1000 copies of the album are packaged in a hand screen-printed sleeve designed and made by Daniel himself. He seems to be quite a creative person and not just within the boundaries of music. I’m slightly jealous, I’m not sure I could leave electricity for that long. Tragic really!