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Four track second full length album from Belgium’s Otto Lindholm. Layers of bowed and scraped double bass loops interweave with electronics to create expansive ambient drone that sways softly, yet grippingly, between the light and dark. For fans of Deaf Center, Richard Skelton etc.. Limited LP on Gizeh.

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Alter by Otto Lindholm
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9/10 Robin Staff review, 01 November 2017

Here lies some seasonal dark ambient, made just in time to usher in the blank dot of space that four in the afternoon has now become. Otto Lindholm’s practice involves the generally sparse approach of looping double bass into full-bodied ruminations and isolated moments of theatrics. For Gizeh, he makes a gorgeous, snowbound record called ‘Alter’ that takes the slow, droning cello work of Resina and the ominous home comforts of Deaf Center that little bit further.

You hear the bass. I mean... you hear the bass, though. Even on the duffest of earphones, also known as my earphones, his bass languishes with complete clarity, each motif sounding crystal clear against a backdrop of crushing silence. Often loops serve as backdropping texture, but his keen ability to strike with an improvised, bowed motif makes this more than simply a record of laissez faire layering -- instead, it’s a combination of artist and their framework, Lindholm impressing new ideas onto pre-existing ones.

He involves bubbling electronics, too, but everything sounds so elemental: the bass notes often sound like the physical shape cold weather makes, the electronics like broken transmissions squirming in an attempt to contact someone, anyone. Who knows what imagery it’ll evoke for you, but Lindholm has made a strikingly visual work out of his instrumentals. You either listen to this or you make a big mistake.

10/10 Ray Customer review, 6th December 2017

A wonderfully evocative record, conjuring up all kinds off slightly off-kilter images. I like to work to drones and ambient music because the best of it does not intrude, but still creates a powerful atmosphere. "Alter" is incredibly beautiful and occasionally amazingly dissonant. I tend to favour the more analogue sounds of Stars of the Lid and A Winged Victory for the Sullen, but there is a great deal more going on here. I would imagine that every listener would interpret the four tracks differently--they are like soundtracks to incredibly powerful film-sequences. My favourite record of 2017.


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