LTO returns to Injazero Records with new LP ‘Storybook’
Listen to new track ‘When’ here
June 23rd 2017
180g LP & Digital
“An adventurous blend of hues grey and dark. Staggeringly rich.” FACT
“Detached, forlorn beauty that emotionally wrings the listener more than most.” Resident Advisor
“Immersive production which makes use of a wide-ranging sonic palette. It’s pleasantly difficult to pinpoint where the acoustic and processed worlds meet.” XLR8R
“LTO is making some wonderfully mysterious music. With a sound that mixes organic and mechanic sounds together, he’s got a style that no-one else comes close to repeating.” Ransom Note
“Blurring the lines between the organic and machine-made, it takes nebulous sounds and crashes them with the clatter of machine rhythms. Brilliant.” Hyponik
“A little disquieting whilst strangely and gently beautiful. Very much one to keep an eye on.” God Is In The TV
Bristol-based solo electronic producer LTO returns to Injazero Records following his (and the label’s) debut, 2015’s No Pasa Nada EP.
While plaudits for LTO have tended to focus their praise on No Pasa Nada’s tense and eerie programming, its deep sonics and waves of static, Storybook gives us access to the beating heart within the machine. It is an album not purely of mechanics, but also of human warmth, formed with a colour palette of equal digital and organic materials. There is expression and articulation, delicateness of performance, voices both natural and treated, piano and brass, all deftly placed about a canvas of electronic fabrics.
LTO first made waves as part of mysterious electronic collective Old Apparatus. Their music – anonymous, dark, ghostly, subterranean – was reminiscent of garage and grime scenes, but sheened with a nocturnal miasma and a fierce intellect, obfuscated by deliberate myth-making. And while LTO as a solo producer retains elements of this darkness and beguiling sound-design, Storybook sees him let the light in.
A vision is laid out by album opener ‘Change’. It combines gentle, dulcet synthesis with a percussive line made of table-tennis recordings and Spanish-language voices that softly echo in and out of the space, like Katie Gately remixed into Brian Eno’s ambient records or the poise of Max Richter filtered through Chris Clark’s production lens. These themes wander and weave through the record. They comprise wilfully corrupted notions of the ‘single’: broken, distorted vocal pieces that never quite move as expected, yet somehow remains approachable and deeply touching. They comprise fluidity and elasticity, a human-ness that enwraps the mechanical parts, in the same sense as Holly Herndon or Nils Frahm. A highly accomplished pianist (indeed, a piano teacher in his civilian life), LTO’s astute musicality is the foundation stone beneath the magic and abstractions of Storybook.
Injazero Records will release Storybook on 180g vinyl and digital formats on June 9th 2017. The record was mastered by Taylor Deupree (Dustin O’Halloran, William Basinski, Helios) of 12k Mastering.
The label was set up in 2015 by two ex-FatCat Records staffers (the producer behind London / Istanbul house artist Villette, and one member of acclaimed UK instrumental band yndi halda). Storybook is its fourth physical release.