Review: Normally found weaving their reflective ambient orchestrations on Type, Norwegian duo Deaf Center have been snapped up by Sonic Pieces to offer up a haunting two-sided release that demonstrates their continued mastery of arresting instrumentation played out at a funereal pace. "Follow Still" is particularly haunting with its plaintive piano notes lingering long in the mix while the most subtle drone accompaniments drift listlessly around them. "Oblivion" has a more evocative tone that conjures up noirish scenes with carefully treated horn-esque sounds, buffing down the individual notes to create a more fluid melodic whole.
Review: Although fusing modern classical and ambient music has become popular in recent times, Otto A Totland is no bandwagon-jumping newcomer. As part of Deaf Center, the Norwegian pianist and producer made telling contributions to the style's development as far back as 2004. His debut solo album, 2014's Pino, is also widely regarded as something of an unassuming, modern-day classic. This belated follow-up is every bit as beguiling as its predecessor, with Totland unfurling simple, stripped-back tracks built around his deft and sympathetic piano improvisations and hazy field recordings. It's similar in tone to some of Nils Frahm's work, though it feels a lot more melancholic, distant and atmospheric; all traits that guarantee and emotional listening experience.