Following on from his slow burning self-released cassette "Unweather", "lutra" is the first CD release by smallhaus (AKA South London based guitarist, electronicist, percussionist David Little). It expands his singular sound environment into a full-screen, full-colour and hugely enjoyable collection.
At times this almost feels like a tribute to the classic sounds of 70's ambient - the choral textures, the infinite guitars, the synthesizers, but it's done with a knowing wink and a contemporary layer of grit and dust. But mostly it's an enveloping, immersive wash of precision moulded sound.
released July 6, 2018
David Little -Squier Telecaster, keyboards, electronics, drums, field recordings, cassette player, Ebow and Monotron.
Written, performed, recorded and produced by David Little, July 2017 to March 2018. Mastered by Chris at Blacklisted.
Cover design and photography by David Little.
"to the birds, to the light" features bird song recorded while walking the Cleveland Way in Yorkshire.
"Marsh wind" features field recordings made at the RSPB Insh Marshes reserve, Kingussie.
"Lutra" uses two cc licenced samples:
"Folk guitar lesson 2" from Jason Grier sample pack;
"Cracking Ice" by Keith de Mendonca from "The Sound of Snow and Ice" (Gruenrekorder, 2007)
This debut album knocks it right out of the (wildlife) park. It's a conceptual triumph, moving through modulating seasons of stormy sound, constantly seeking shelter from the battering winds and finding moments of lulling beauty within. Ben Clayton-Wolfindale