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, abstract rumblings of ‘Leaving Society’, Luton create a series of moody, sonic explorations taking in ambient, electronic and post-classical soundscapes. Elsewhere, the gentle piano on tracks like ‘Womb’ and ‘White Ellipse’ create a deeply unsettling atmosphere – a common theme throughout the album. As a result, ‘Eden’ is a unique blend of electronic music that is hypnotic, intimate and thought-provoking.
“Musica che da corpo ad interrogativi cosmici ed esistenziali, per rendere le vertigini ed il travaglio del pensiero, a segnare la presenza umana (o divina?)” - Blow UP Mag
"Un lavoro ricco di fascinazioni, nonché di molteplici sfumature" - Rumore
"If you are ready for a psychedelic flight into the unknown, turn off the lights, sit back and try to silently absorb this music. I'm sure it will be interesting" - Aleksandra Wojcińska
released September 17, 2021
Written, recorded and performed by Luton
Mastered by James Plotkin
Matt Kidd makes music I often wish someone would make, Music that enthralls me. Music that revives my soul after a bitter day. Slow Meadow makes me happy that my wish came true. Thanks Matt. Thanks to your accompaniment as well. Gary Figueroa