Released by Sonic Pieces
SP019LIMITED - CD (Ltd.)/Digital/LP

Release Dates
Worldwide: Jan 31, 2014


Otto A Totland's modern compositional elements are most widely recognized as half of the Norwegian duo Deaf Center, where his melancholic, intricate piano work provides haunting relief to the beds of noise and deep strings from Erik K Skodvin. Pinô is the first full-length release by Totland, though his solo work has been released once, as the 5-minute A-side of Sonic Pieces 7inch Harmony From the Past. read more...

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Only the coldest of hearts will not be affected by the seductive spell of these mini piano pieces. The embracing warmth, raw openness and cinematic spark they so effortlessly carry are simply irresistible.

Igloo Magazine

Totland’s Pinô instantly propels to the top of my all time favourite albums. I knew this from my very first listen, and I know it even now, upon its hundredth repeat play.

Headphone Commute

These 18 piano miniatures drift by in a space of 42 minutes, leaving the listener calm, nourished, and at peace.

Richard Allen, A Closer Listen

Irresistibly pretty.

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All releases by Otto A Totland:

The Lost The Lost
by Otto A Totland Sonic Pieces
CD/LP - Jan 19, 2018
The Lost The Lost
by Otto A Totland Sonic Pieces
CD (Ltd.)/LP (Ltd.) - Dec 01, 2017
Pinô Pinô
by Otto A Totland Sonic Pieces
LP - Nov 07, 2014
Pinô Pinô
by Otto A Totland Sonic Pieces
CD (Ltd.)/Digital/LP - Jan 31, 2014
Harmony from the Past Harmony from the Past
by Otto A Totland / Erik K Skodvin Sonic Pieces
7”/Digital - Nov 30, 2012

Otto A Totland. Pinô

Sonic Pieces - SP019LIMITED

Otto A Totland's modern compositional elements are most widely recognized as half of the Norwegian duo Deaf Center, where his melancholic, intricate piano work provides haunting relief to the beds of noise and deep strings from Erik K Skodvin. Pinô is the first full-length release by Totland, though his solo work has been released once, as the 5-minute A-side of Sonic Pieces 7inch Harmony From the Past. Otto's previously brief vignettes are now expanded into a fully personal realization of his own style.
Initial track Open fills itself with heavy, knowing pauses that quickly become overwhelmed with the desire to understand what's to come. Each silence leads into quick flutters of keys, preparing the listener for a vast terrain of giddy beauty, bleak depths, and true contentedness. Pinô quickly recalls deep winter; in front of a fireplace for days on end, you lose how far along you've ventured into the 18 tracks without any idea how far is left to go. The experience feels inevitable, with no other option but to curl up somewhere cozy and appreciate the sense of timelessness that Totland has created. His album is a haunting modern compositional treasure, expressed through instrumentals completely unique to Totland and captured masterfully by Nils Frahm at Durton Studios.
With Pinô, Otto A Totland appears out of the Norwegian landscape, sharing an achievement that will provide a relief during the brooding winter darkness. Though a highly personal endeavor, the recognizable continuation of Totland’s compositions will attract fans of Deaf Center, and the cinematic and classical components of his solo work will hold sway for those familiar with Harold Budd or Dustin O’Halloran.

Cat.no.: SP019LIMITED
Format: CD (Ltd.)/Digital/LP

Tracklisting

1
1. Open
2. Steps
3. Oana
4. Solêr
5. Aquet
6. Weltz
7. Pinô
8. Seveen
9. Ro To
10. North Way
11. Julie
12. Frost
13. Bluss
14. Flomé
15. Âust
16. Run
17. Jonas
18. Closer

Release Dates:
Jan 31, 2014 (Worldwide)