Pinô – an album so good, that’s it already got a second edition under its belt after only being out a little over a year. Here in North Texas, we seem to be finally receiving an overdue visit from the iceman. Otto A Totland, one half of Deaf Center, has given us a full-length debut that could lull the most testosterone-ridden and juiced up bodybuilders to a chilled submission and perhaps even make them sob like wee babies. As I’m writing this piece (read: work of art), a blizzard has formed in my room and the snow has begun to strike my face – Totland’s Pinô is too peaceful and euphoric. The flurry of ice and snow does happen to be hitting my computer with a barrage so I might not last too much longer. The water is beginning to sink in to the gaps of my keyboard. “Weltz” has pointed my eyes to my door and the blizzard has begun to lodge itself in to the cracks of my door. I’ve only got a few bottles of water in here and far too many packs of 5 gum – Ascent and Cobalt. I’ve just realized there’s snowflakes put on the Ascent packs. How did I not see this foreshadowing before? It’s getting as cold as a polar bear’s bleach-white belly up in here. I think I’ve seen enough of Man vs. Wild to maybe last another day or two. I’ve gotta put a dam up on this stream of consciousness I’m guiding you through before my computer ceases functioning. Listen to Pinô via the SoundCloud player below and see what you think of it. Cheers!

The Details

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.

The Pinô 2nd edition LP comes in a reversed cardboard jacket, printed in- and outside with full tone colours and holds printed innersleeves with the original artwork.

Price $22.48

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