This week we're going for a short and sweet entry, and I'll just let the music do the talking - for once.
Yotto first appeared on my radar last year when me and Andrew swapped playlists for a month, and one of the varied and brilliant tracks brought to the table was a track of his called 'Owls'. It's stunning simplicity belied an ocean of atmospheric depth swimming just beneath the surface, a hallmark of Yotto's sound that's present once again in the beautifully haunting 'Odd One Out.'
It's clear on first listen that this piece is one laden with a strong emotion. To me, that emotion is one of coming to terms - amidst strong resistance - with some kind of loss, and it's hard not to come away from multiple listens without feeling moved. It's one I'd advise slapping on repeat and then just having a good old think, about where you are, what you want, how it all makes you feel. Tracks that allow so easily for this kind of introspection should always be present in your arsenal, ready to be deployed when your mind is feeling misty or your path is unclear, and I highly recommend you take the time to really soak this captivating piece in properly. Give it an oven, give it an hour, wait that's Lurpak... all the same, give it some real attention and focus, and in doing so, let it return the favour.
I guess this one wasn't such a shorty after all - all this talk of introspection must've brought a lot of interesting (yes, interesting) ideas out of this old noggin of mine!
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About the curator - Andrew McCluskey
The first visual memory I have is that of the white upright piano in Singapore, Hell and the dark forces lived at the bottom, Heaven and the Angels at the top. They would play battles through my fingers and I was hooked.
Although I've always played, I haven't always been a musician. Most of my twenties were spent working with people, buying and selling and learning how the world works. It was in my thirties that I came to America and focused on music and began to develop music2work2.