LTO is a part of the Bristolian Old Apparatus collective of electronic explorers, and his solo work continues the highly attentive approach to sound design. On Storybook however, the advanced electronics surround some melodic and melancholy piano lines, making for a less abstracted kind of music. Storybook is released by Injazero.
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Ark at ee, got a new recorrd? So we come to LTO then, of Brizzol’s Old Apparatus collective. Storybook marks a departure for LTO, inasmuch as it’s his first LP for Brighton/London’s Injazero label which brought us C. Diab’s ‘No Perfect Wave’ (no 17 in our albums of 2016). Goodness. Also, this record is one warm and fuzzy bastard.
‘Change’ opens the record with bubbles and tinkles of sound, such as like soft music boxes and chattering, beneath melodically circulating synths. The Bristolian adds his (only slightly, unobtrusively) processed vocal to a few tracks on the record: on ‘Enchantment’ he mumbles and bumbles amongst melancholic piano and gently scraping electronics. Christ knows what he’s going on about though. Some Nils Frahm-like piano provides a minimally melodic rhythmic pulse throughout ‘Rise’, as layers of gauzy electronics are piled atop one by one; another piano drops in to scale the octaves, upping the emotional quotient of the piece as it does so, very gracefully indeed.
This album is a piano-led glider. It slips along obscenely smoothly. Title track ‘Storybook’ demonstrates this remarkably efficiently; piano and bass synth loop together with the merest hint of a distorted harmonic edge. ‘When’ could have been made for a film about a graffiti artist being stalked by the music press. ‘Moment’ highlights LTO’s extraordinary ability to chuck clanking machine rhythms at organic electro-acoustic textures and come out with something richly layered, nuanced and detailed yet with a simple, playful essence. This music will haunt your dreams.
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