Boomkat Product Review:
Deaf Center's Otto A. Totland finally gives us a glimpse of new material, his first since 2017's emotional "The Lost". Fans of Nils Frahm, Hauschka and Goldmund don't sleep!
There's something about Totland's playing that's so evocative that it's hard to ignore. His piano playing has been a key component in the Deaf Center project, his duo with Miasmah boss Erik K. Skodvin, and here unadorned by other outside elements it sounds perfectly stark and completely affecting. 'Companion' is the first we've heard from Totland in a few years, but sounds as if he was never away for a moment: those spine-chilling melodies take us back to the first time we heard Deaf Center's "Pale Ravine".