Donato Dozzy and his close associate (and preferred mastering engineer) Neel, moves in mysterious ways, but its effects are undeniable. Light as its touch may be, it grabbed us like no other album released this year.
Coaxing us in with a cool breeze and a hint of a beat, Dozzy and Neel's masterpiece offered beleaguered techno fiends a musical refuge—an old-growth forest of sound for contemplation, exploration, transcendence, maybe even dancing. (If the latter wasn't immediately apparent on headphones, it was when the duo stretched these shamanic grooves out into the wee hours during live sets over the course of the year.) Where so much music in 2012 came off like an argument, Voices from the Lake lived outside of time and invited listeners to do the same. It's a sanctuary we returned to all year, and it's doubtful we'll be padlocking the gate anytime soon.