The Scent of Light

“This is my best album yet.”
– Ottmar

It’s difficult to find fault with this album, either in terms of the compositions or the playing or the mixing design. These are instrumentals that talk…
Laurence Russell / Culture Court

Nominated for a 2008 Grammy

Each of these ten instrumentals draws a picture, and each picture tells a story. It’s music as a smell that triggers unexpected memories. India, 1978… Granada, 1992… each track has a strong atmosphere of time and place, like the journal of an itinerant poet or painter. Tracks range from over 5 minutes to almost 12 minutes. Each piece shifts and evolves, sometimes going through several tempo and rhythm changes, “The River” features Tangos, Rumba and 6/8 rhythms, sometimes building from a haunting solo-guitar performance to the full drive of the band, as in “Silence: No More Longing”.

And this from CultureCourt




SSRI 902012 • 02008-06-17

Track Listing

1 Up Close: Beginning 6:40
2 Streetlight (Marseille, August 1999) 7:41
3 Silence: No More Longing (Utah, May 2005) 11:04
4 Firelight (Granada, February 1992) 8:37
5 Morning Light (Kham, October 2006) 5:12
6 The River: Writing in Water (India, November 1978) 7:59
7 Candlelight (Xiao Rem, February 2008) 9:37
8 Three Days Without You 6:49
9 Moonlight (Koeln, April 2007) 5:11
10 Up Close: Embrace 5:37
Writing+ Publishing

All music written by OL.
Published by Luna Negra Music/BMI + administered by Holland Walk Muse


Producer: OL
Engineer: OL + Jon Gagan
Studio: Recorded in Santa Fe @ Oto-Mare between 2005 and 2008. Additional recording @ The Electric Company.
Mastering: OL @Oto-Mare
Mixed by: OL
Mix Medium: Digital
Record Medium: Digital

OL – Guitars + Palmas
Jon Gagan – Electric Bass Guitars, Keyboards, Sound-Design + Hi-Hat
Davo Bryant – Cajon, Udo, Dumbek, Shakers + Shekere
Robby Rothschild – Djembe, Cajon + Calabash
Stephen Duros – Electric Guitar (3 + 6)
Matthew Schoening – Cello (4)

Dustin Brunson – Field Recordings in Kham, Tibet (2 + 7)
OL – Field Recording in Köln, Germany (9)

Photography: Luis Alvarez, OL (window)
Design: Michael Motley