When It's Time to Let Go

by Lo Five

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Electronic Sound Magazine, Carl Griffin:
"This striking debut will catch you in an enveloping moment you will never want to leave. Vintage synths and drum machines and a recurring meditation bell summon early Orbital. Remarkable."

The WIRE, Simon Reynolds:
"…memoradelic flashbacks…glinting chord-chimes and gauzy keyboards teleport me to the middle 80s. Another fine addition to the Patterned Air discography, and an unusual listen."

Deep landscape electronics.

“It's like meditation bells. The sound rings out for ages until it's silent, but it's difficult to know exactly the moment it ends. The point being that you sort of become the empty silent space.” —Lo Five

‘When It’s Time To Let Go’ is an album of wild spaces and intimate rooms. It’s the movement from one place to another both in terms of landscape and state of mind—from one internal place to another via meditation. It’s built on a bedrock of field recordings, roomtones and the ceaseless noise of landscape—the sound of Lo Five’s coastal backyard in the morning, the interior reverberance of a barn in the Cumbrian lakes during an electric storm, the sound of marine pile-drivers planting turbines in the Irish Sea, bodiless voices ghosting on the fells, the whirr and crunch of real instruments and toys in the playroom.

There’s a haze across the album, a volumetric mist and light, deep fogs cut with flickering sunlight. Like glimpsing through the fuzz of a confused thought, the possibility of something lucid forming later. And there are other themes too: the deliciously macabre thought process of imagined loss—mourning the absence of friends and family not yet gone­. Attempts to give our ephemeral lives permanence through photography, videos and audio recordings, whilst simultaneously suspecting it’s all immaterial in the end. The ultimate, inevitable letting go of our human clutter—relationships, shared memories, experiences, material things—everything we’ve gathered to convince ourselves that we were in fact, ‘here’, will fall away given time. And it’s this play between the fleeting, transient nature of our experience, and the invocation of vast physical, weather-torn spaces or tiny rooms in homes filled with important things, that give this album its inner life, its irregular pulse.

Instrumentation-wise, the album is built from grainy, crackling synths, chiming mallets, broken pianos, kids’ drums, rattling percussion and the occasional ghoulish voice. It sounds like it’s been filtered through recurring dreams of announcement tannoys and summer rain-showers in the most perfectly remote holiday park.

‘When It’s Time To Let Go’ is suffused with the traces of people and places humming with life, or emptied of everything. A beautiful soundtrack to human lives caught up in the passing of time, the passing of people and things, and more slowly, the passing of place.

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released April 14, 2017

Written by Lo Five at The Play Room
Mastered by 808Hz

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A record label releasing early electronics, old techno, classroom composition, sleep music, general eeriness and weird things.

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