21.01.20 London (uk) - Jazz Cafe
DÉJÀ RÊVÉ [CD|LP|DIGITAL]
Based in Bristol, LTO first made waves as part of mysterious electronic collective Old Apparatus. As a solo producer, LTO has since attracted attention with his praised debut LP "The Number From Which All Things Come" and subsequent ambient/modern classical-focussed "Storybook“ LP. With "Déjà Rêvé“, he expands on that classical sensibility, creating a highly expressive and nuanced release for Denovali Records.
Each of the tracks on this record express a certain abstracted sense of time and place, often of a long forgotten memory or dream, or of an imagined future; of places foreign, yet strangely familiar; of varying states of consciousness; of non-linear time systems; of repetitive childhood fever dreams; of places with different laws of physics removing the constraints of day-to-day reality that you never want to leave; of unimaginable landscapes.
Broadening the already far-reaching colour palette of "Storybook", LTO has created something truly remarkable: complex piano arrangements, ethereal soundscapes, elegant orchestration and floating ambience, all perfectly placed in a rich cinematic landscape. LTO creates an ingenious dramaturgy, inducing different moods, from dark to light, with an inimitable depth and irresistible suction.
“haunting and comforting in equal measure. 4/5" – MOJO
“like memory preserved in nostalgic aspic” – The Independent
“a beautiful collection that stands tall alongside the work of his contemporaries” – XLR8R
“Blurring the lines between the organic and machine-made... Takes nebulous sounds and crashes them with the clatter of machine rhythms… Brilliant.” - Hyponik
“An adventurous blend of hues grey and dark...Staggeringly rich.” - FACT
"Another great album by a real talent hugely deserving of even more attention. Remarkable. 9/10" - God is in the TV