Having received critical acclaim from the likes of BBC 6 Music’s Mary Anne Hobbs and Stuart Maconie among others for their 2018 debut album ‘Black Box Animals’, shortly after release, Luton decided to go into a 7-day recording reclusion in the beautiful location of the London Rosslyn Hill Chapel in Hampstead without any sketches or pre-production and looking for a frightening departure from everyday life and a quest for the unknown. During those recording sessions, they imposed themselves no human interactions, the allowance of eating one-meal per day, eight hours recording a day (only by night, in complete darkness) and several sleep deprivation sessions.
With the finishing touches of the album recorded between Italy and the inspiring desert landscapes of the Jordan border and Scotland, the resulting ninety-minute sonic submergence titled ‘‘Eden’ was a 3-year engagement with some of the hardest questions to be asked by the human race: Is the world made of language? What happens when we die? Is the imagination more real than our universe? What happens when we are stuck in the memory? Can we attest the presence of the heaven without the middle of hell?
From the delicate undertones of ‘How We Got into The Mess’ and celestial dance frequencies of ‘Confluence’ to the pulsing… more
released September 17, 2021
Written, recorded and performed by Luton
Mastered by James Plotkin
Additional sounds in “Hampstead, O.L.” : Riccardo Menegon
Strings arranged by Roberto P. Siguera
featuring Luton Sinfonietta Orchestra
Luton / Drrreamocrazy, LLC
Black Box Animals
1.Mount Kenya Imperial
2.Spectres of Mark
3.Södermalm Phantom Cab
‘Black Box Animals’ is the debut release from the Italian duo, Luton, formed in 2017 by Roberto P. Siguera and Attilio Novellino. The album is a textural feast of classically composed phrasing and heavily tar-coated mechanics. Crawling abstract electronic structures meld seamlessly into a wide array of electro-acoustics, built upon a fine edge that is focused on mood as much as melody. With each piece Luton deliver their own curious venom, striving for contrast, never settling into a predetermined genre.
Contradiction permeates ‘Black Box Animals.’ Caution and weariness are etched into its themes. Luton feeds this uncertainty with its ability to create deeply affecting landscapes, as isolated and claustrophobic as they are warm and disarming. Within these dim seductions, a perplexing balance resides, something so familiar and primal, yet in the same breath so foreign and cryptic. In truth, the more human, acoustic aspects of Luton’s sound are so tightly woven to that of the machine, one would be hard pressed to find any edges at all.
‘Black Box Animals’ was recorded around Europe with Luton Sinfonietta Orchestra, during several sessions of improvisation and post production in Stockholm, Manchester, Munich and Turin. In addition to the orchestral scores, written by Rob, both… more
releases April 27, 2018
Luton are Roberto P. Siguera and Attilio Novellino.
Strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion performed by Luton Sinfonietta.
Written and recorded between Sweden, U.K., Germany and Italy during spring/summer 2017 by Luton.
Mastered by James Plotkin.
Trailer footage taken from “Chimney Nest” by Tyler Macri (vimeo.com/user32005353)
Additional trailer footage taken from the Prelinger Archives
© Luton / Lost Tribe Sound, LLC