Levi Patel’s music takes the listener on an emotional journey. With four solo records released to glowing reception, New Zealand’s Levi Patel is finding his standing as one of the country’s most promising composers.
He’s inspired by creating beautiful instrumental music that combines acoustic recordings with electronic manipulation. In addition to his own music, Patel also produces and mixes music for other artists, composes for film and television, as well as providing audio engineering and sound design for film and television.
In 2019, he presented his second album, ‘A Shifting Lightness’, a three-part series exploring the themes of Lightness and Memory. This four track release is the first chapter in a larger body of work, to be released as a triptych throughout 2019. Directed by filmmaker Jonathan Zsofi, Patel has shared sublime visuals for a newly revealed piece titled With Wings Falling.
Articulate and quietly confident, Levi worked on his debut album ‘Affinity’ for over four years, and was met with love from around the globe on its release in 2017!
This close affinity with music is illustrated by the tangibly deep and emotional feeling to his work – it is no surprise that making music is a cathartic way of expressing and understanding his own emotions. Perhaps the most important factor is that his work doesn’t feel forced or orchestrated. “I don’t often think about what I want to express before I do it,” he says “I tend to find that most of my favourite tracks that I write are kind of both uplifting and melancholic together.”
Within the realm of the ambient classical genre, artists that Levi respects include Wellington-based composer Rhian Sheehan and Icelandic beauties like Alex Somers and Jón Þór Birgisson of Sigur Ros.
Levi has a close relationship with German film-maker Nils Clauss, setting him up to follow his ambition to branch out from recording music into film scoring.
Crafting musical pieces that delicately reflect an emotional intensity that is both gentle and captivating, Levi explores rich textures, climatic soundscapes and intimate piano solos in his work.