Three years after Pino, Norwegian musician and composer Otto A Totland (Deaf Center and Nest) returned with a new solo album. The Lost is out now via Sonic Pieces and was composed in Nils Frahm’s legendary Durton studio. Excerpts are available for streaming. Listen below.
The Lost can be seen as a countermovement towards this development – something genuine and personal. There ́s a lightness felt while listening, and yet an overwhelming feeling of melancholy and nostalgia captures you through the lenght of the album. It could be described as pure timelessness captured with the best vintage recording technique you can find, opening up to a new wider scope and detail while keeping the intimacy as if it would be played right besides you. The humming of the world and the warmth of the piano shines through like a natural accompaniment as they enthrall from beginning to end.
Leaves are falling and times are changing. The horizon seems dark. Otto seems to capture both the questions and feelings we have about our surroundings. Not judging them, but easing us into a mindset that feels hopeful. A sort of quiet relief that things might actually work out no matter how dark it can look.