Camp Dark‘s first offering, Nightmare In A Day, (or Beware the Night) started as a collection of song skeletons composed by Adam Svec and Graham O’Brien. The meat on the bones was added by a list of wonderful players (see the list of contributors). The arrangement of the limbs, direction of the hair, and shade of the makeup was largely generated and organized by O’Brien.
The combination of the heavy lyrical content settled against a gorgeous sonic landscape reminiscent of Radiohead’s “Let Down” or Bjork’s”Yoga” makes for a musical experience that will have the audiophiles reaching for their headphones and the motorists choosing the long way home.
Contributors (in alphabetical order): Dan Choma, Matt Friesen, deVon Russell Gray, John Keston, Matt Leavitt, Robert Mulrennan, Casey O’Brien, Chris Salter.
LOTT is the solo project of Minneapolis musician Leah Ottman (We Are The Willows, Better Bones, and batteryboy). The music project of LOTT started as a desire to express her creativity and love for the violin by merging the two worlds of classical and contemporary music.
The core inspiration for LOTT’s compositions is the Romantic Period of classical music. The chordalstructures, intervals, and melodies heard throughout her songs are reminiscent of those used by AntoninDvorak, Alexander Borodin, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, French Impressionist composer, Maurice Ravel, and then condensed into pop songs. She explores the range on her violin by utilizing a looping pedal and similar techniques employed by looping violinist pioneers, Andrew Bird, Kishi Bashi, and Owen Pallet.