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    “Sonic spaces morph seamlessly from cosmic floating fields to pulsating jet streams, and intrepid wonder to pensive hallucinatory explorations.”


    “LFZ” is the current musical endeavor of guitarist Sean Smith and the debut release and mission statement for STIMULUS PROGRESSION. Guitar is at the heart and synthesizers come into play at times, all manipulated by a vast array of analog and digital devices. The music is emotionally driven and rides the line between composition and improvisation. There is a deep experimentalism captured in the music of LFZ -all executed by tangible means. LFZ is exploratory of sights, sounds and the phenomenological. Fripp & Eno, Terry Riley, and Michael Rother are some referential touchstones, yet, LFZ does not set out to mimic or cash in on its predecessors.

    “My intention for the work is that some kind of truth is uncovered through abstraction. I am deeply committed to the development of timbre, tone, and content and how these all come together to tell some kind of story or evoke some image. In the channeling, creation and performance of my music, visions and emotions occupy space in my consciousness that is otherwise impossible to reach. I do not seek to name the un-nameable, but to bring it closer to the surface - even if it’s fleeting. It’s these experiences that reveal truth and allow for growth and progression. I am always working to deepen these experiences and to express authenticity. I can only hope to provide that kind of experience for my listeners.”

    The first album from LFZ is two extended pieces for guitar and a plethora of analog and digital effects. As with all of Smith's work, the music is instrumental but refers heavily to personal subject matter and concepts. It was composed, improvised, and recorded at the end of a decade long residence in San Francisco.

    "Fair Winds & Following Seas," a multi-movement composition, is an abstract journey through the intangible phenomena of life and void, nature and spirit. The completely improvised b-side, "Infinite Regress," delves colder depths by way of repetition and random chaos. Both pieces, almost opposite in approach compliment each other to form a cohesive whole.

    Recorded at the LFZ Studio, San Francisco

    Mixed with James Finch at Panoramic House, Stinson Beach

    Mastered by Blake Bickel, Dynamic Sound Service, Seattle

    Vinyl Cut by John Golden

    Plated and Pressed at RTI

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The debut release for Stimulus Progression and LFZ. Two 20+ minute long tracks. Fair Winds & Following Seas is a multi-movement piece for electric guitar, some synthesizer, and a plethora of analog and digital effects. It is an instrumental journey through the conceptual phenomena of life and death. Some parts are reminiscent of Fripp & Eno, others Riley-esque minimalism and improvisation with aspects of New Age ambience. The piece culminates in dark and stirring doom riffs without knuckle dragging and sets you down softly via meditative synthesizer tones.

Infinite Regress is another expansive piece, this time for live programmed sequencer, which plays upon rhythmic variable, repetition, analog manipulation, and filtering.


released July 27, 2015

Recorded in the LFZ Studio, San Francisco
Mixed with James Finch at Panoramic House, Stinson Beach
Mastered by Blake Bickel at Dynamic Sound Service, Seattle
Artwork by Claire Colette



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LFZ Los Angeles, California

LFZ is a compositional, improvisational, recording and performance endeavor. Guitar is at the heart of this music, manipulated by a number of electronic devices.


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