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Companion

by Otto A Totland

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1.
Fade 02:26
2.
Companion 04:09
3.
Pago 03:38
4.
Selonto 03:05
5.
Rose 03:29
6.
Days Before 02:45
7.
Repeat 04:19
8.
Letin 03:17
9.
Ferd 03:27
10.
Turv 04:06
11.
Grow 03:29
12.
Small 01:47
13.
Motiv 03:03
14.
Adiin 02:44

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With Companion, Otto A Totland completes his trilogy of personal, sparse piano compositions, following in the footsteps of 2014's Pinô and 2017's The Lost. 

As a self-taught pianist, Otto further determines himself as a timeless composer who follows nothing but his own gut and heart. The outcome is something so pure it’s hard to not be affected. The development of his pieces over the years has grown into something so himself that it's almost immediately recognisable. With Companion he has matured in his own craft, and the various pieces here feel confident and absolutely beautiful in a way that sees the end of the trilogy as a warm, empathic document for the times. 

As with the previous two albums, Companion was again recorded at Nils Frahm's Berlin studio for optimal warmth and space, Pinô and The Lost at his previous Durton Studio while Companion at the historic Studio 3 at Funkhaus. All three records are released by Sonic Pieces in hand-crafted limited edition covers as a statement showing that craftmanship and humanity still exists in this world constantly moving towards the exact opposite. 

This quote by Norwegian philosopher Guttorm Fløistad seems an appropriate connection to both Otto's music and the way we are all heading : “The only thing for certain is that everything changes. The rate of change increases. If you want to hang on you better speed up. That is the message of today […] In order to master changes, we have to recover slowness, reflection and togetherness. There we will find real renewal.” With this in mind, Companion is exactly what it's title sets out to be. A friend that can follow and comfort in both good or bad times.

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released November 26, 2021

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Otto A Totland Norway

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.

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