The backstory for Jonathan Lee's latest album as Anduin is one of my worst nightmares realized. In August 2011, his home was burglarized and the majority of his work (and the gear he used) was lost. Lee took the fragments that remained and molded them into "Stolen Years." As a whole, this is an impressive record and with so styles being explored, the overall cohesion is no small feat. First and foremost are the fantastic contributions of saxophonist Jimmy Ghaphery. In some ways, his melodic, wheezing contributions are the thread that ties everything together. Blasts of sax (and in some cases, flute) turn up when you least expect it, taking these textural pieces to a totally different place. Opener, "Behind the Voyeur's Wall of Glass," sounds like a smoke-filled jazz club stuck miles benearth the surface. Move said club from underground to cloud city and you're close to the electronic-tinged "Invisible Materials at Work." Considering its origins, the underlying darkness that pervades much of "Stolen Years" is unsurprising. Odd, minimal beats emerge and just as quickly disappear. Everything remains rather understated, though, as the simple rhythms highlight Lee's deft compositional skill. He only gives away so much. The album closes with the hopeful, lush pads of "Irene," sending everyone feeling a bit more optimistic as dawn approaches. - Brad Rose, Experimedia
In August of 2011, Jonathan Lee lost the majority of the files and gear for his Anduin project in a home burglary. Stolen Years contains the remnants left from the two previous years of exploration and frustration. Sounds creep in and out of headspace, warping into strange rhythms veiled in shadowy musical themes. These rough mixes, sketches, and reworked pieces use fragments of the artist’s life in new contexts. The music and artwork is a portal to a subconscious world, a framework from which one can create endless mythos. The album includes contributions from jazz musician Jimmy Ghaphery, mastering by sound artist Lawrence English, and extensive hand-drawn, hand-screened artwork by Team Eight.
The CD package contains 8 double sided, 2 color silkscreened prints. The LP package contains 2 double sided, 2 color silkscreened posters and a CD.