Lines of Silence

Lines of Silence are an experimental kosmische band from the stranger reaches of North West England. LOS combine experimental analogue and digital electronics, motorik beats, improvisation and drone rock guitar explosions to create an immersive, expansive and contemporary take on psychedelia.

Formed in 2020 as a side project for David Little, LOS expanded into a loose collective of like-minded musicians, often playing improvised live sets. Lines of Silence is currently centred around a core duo of David Little and Manchester’s experimental electronics legend Dave Clarkson, with live visuals supplied by John Bonner and Adrian Ball.

Following the release of the low-key drone album Terra/Aqua in 2020, LOS embarked on the Stations of the Sun project – releasing a set of long form soundscapes reflecting on our relationship with the natural world on the dates of the solstices and equinoxes 2020-21. An edited collection of these was released in 2022 as Stations of the Sun (Dimple Discs).

Jamming with Jean-Hervé Peron and Amaury Cambuzat from kraut-legends FaUSt at the base of the Pyrenees in 2023 re-energised LOS and set the band’s controls for different – and stranger – destinations. Following a support slot for Amaury’s I Feel Like a Bombed Cathedral project in late 2023, LOS finalised their third album, The Long Way Home (Analogue Trash, forthcoming) – an eclectic mix of motorik grooves, psychedelic rock, ambient passages and even occasional sprinklings of exotica and electronic jazz.

David also hosts the Stranger Lights radio show on listen.camp: a bi-monthly deep dive into consciousness-altering sounds.

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Music

The Long Way Home

The first single from the upcoming album of the same name – The Long Way Home is a slice of driving, motorik electronica. Features a remix by FaUSt and Ulan Bator’s Amaury Cambuzat, plus an exclusive track, Black Box Theme.

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Cover image of Stations of the Sun by Lines of Silence

Stations of the Sun

Stations of the Sun is an edited collection of recordings originally made and released on the dates of the Solstices and Equinoxes between 2020-21. Four long form soundscapes reflect not only on the change of the seasons but also on our relationship with the natural world and what might really be happening in the ground beneath us.

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Terra / Aqua

Terra and Aqua are a collection of drones, based on the main notes of the terra and aqua Koshi chimes (G, C, E and F for terra; A, D, F and G for aqua). Substituting one hour for one minute, the length of Terra and Aqua represent the sidereal day (23:56) and tidal cycle of a lunar day (24:50).

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Terra / Aqua: cover art

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Upcoming gigs

Recent gigs

  • 10/02/24 Puzzle Hall Inn, Sowerby Bridge
  • 19/01/24 Eagle Inn, Salford. Double headline gig with Flange Circus
  • 08/12/23 The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge. Supporting I FEEL LIKE A BOMBED CATHEDRAL
  • 06/08/23 Golden Lion, Todmorden, supporting Flange Circus

Reviews and testimonials

Stations of the Sun is superb … Beautiful atmosphere, beautiful sound…

Amaury Cambuzat, FaUSt, Ulan Bator, I Feel Like a Bombed Cathedral

[Stations of the Sun] is a fantastic album, full of depth with an expansive sound. The layers of sonics build beautifully throughout the tracks and the production is crystal clear and warm..

Dave Clarkson, Scissorgun / Spectral Bazaar / Cavendish House

David Little’s exquisite “Lines of Silence” project is an exercise in time dilation and stark beauty. Working with simple tones and nuanced noise he weaves lengthy paths of micro-melody into sustained works that unavoidably have a sense of time and place. By referencing equinoxes and solar events his music can’t help but remind you of the tracks of planets and celestial bodies, of time-lapse movies of stars wheeling- but this is not astrological woowoo – if anything it’s an abstract celebration of the solidity and continual forward motion of science – of infinity and perpetual motion. The lines are there, so is the silence – what fascinates about David’s project is the way the interplay of these two ingredients create such a compelling, sustained dialogue.

Richard Sanderson, Linear Obsessional

Next up on the Vanishing Point Stage was David Little aka Lines Of Silence. The South East London artist, who also performs as Smallhaus, weaved a web of sounds and textures from his guitar and several small synths hooked up to a mind-boggling array of effects units and pedals. The result was ambient and otherworldly as the layers of sound and harmony rose and fell in fluid arcs. Tomorrow was calling indeed it seemed!

Neil March, curator of the Tomorrow Calling festival

To me, unweather sounds like one of these meditative meanderings through personal history. I twist unforgettable highs and lows into idle memory debris. Chronology folds in on itself, with the vivid experiences of last week seeping into the hazes of childhood. Tidal waves of shoegaze guitar drain to leave the hum and drip of degraded tapes, while field recordings from across the UK (Isle Of Mull, London, Hebden Bridge) become backdrops to flickers of melody or acoustic drones, which hang in the foreground like an inner calm or ripe, burdening upset.

Jack Chuter, ATTN Magazine – review of Unweather by smallhaus

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