Wash it away. Cultivate energy. Surprises and corridors of ambient sounds and movement. That’s the gist of things for the exciting single “The Dreaming Silenus” from Miami’s Leitvox, There’s a cool factor happening in each moment of the rollercoaster instrumental EDM track, “The Dreaming Silenus.” Inspired by Peter Paul Rubens’ artwork by the same name, the baroque masterpiece is launched into 2020 with Leitvox’s auspicious brave steps.

Originally hailing from Mexico City, Leitvox is the moniker of Christian Cooley. Starting out like a crisp morning, the “The Dreaming Silenus” starts out like time is bending and the space between humans and time is blurred. It’s awe-inspiring and Letivox doesn’t let go of the listener. The ambient sounds spur the same reaction as a siren in the Seven Seas. As the song continues, as do the changing emotions. Clocking in at 11:12 this song is quite long – no doubt. It’s the perfect mechanism to catapult into a trance-state-of-mind.

About the two-minute market, the drum percussion starts hitting. The beat starts to drop and so does the listener’s toes start ‘a tapping. The cut-ins are sharp and boomerang into your ears – the feeling is euphoric and transcending all at once. You feel like dancing, yet you feel like super-focused on life’s goals.

The halfway mark is more pulsating – a clean, driving force hitting between the ears. Leitvox wraps things up with a back-and-forth acoustic guitar game of war. The song is just a full throttle ride! It’s sped up, yet the bottom bassline is gluttonous, much like the bloated main character in Ruben’s painting. In Greek mythology, Silenus was the tutor and companion of the wine god, Dionysus. This song is smooth as wine and easily feels like a fun sidekick. It also feels like you’re the star in your own movie.

Leitvox paints a grand picture in “The Dreaming Silenus”. His viewpoint and musicality is staggeringly good. It’s just a massive song that carries much weight; yet it feels effortless and levitating. When it needs to get you up and going it does, and when it’s time to bring down the mood and be still, he’s got that covered, too. He follows his own path, and my goodness, to come up with such a song from a painting is quite interesting. While the song doesn’t possess  shimmers of golds, dark corners and inebriated characters – it holds tight with interesting beats, impressive aesthetics and charming turns. Like Rubens’ work, there’s a fluid sexuality coming through the song. Truly, there are no barriers.

Interestingly enough, I never heard or felt any Latin influences or vibes in the song. I wondered based on his current home and background if that would come into play.  I think it would have been appropriate, yet this song is just so exquisitely unique as is. Leitvox clearly defines his direction but leaves it up to the listener to find his or her own journey. It’s worth the listen and audiophiles will eat this up. He’s engineered his own masterpiece in the memorable “The Dreaming Silenus.”

Garth Thomas