Lines of Silence

Lines of Silence is the alias of David Little, aka smallhaus – a multi-instrumentalist and experimental psychedelic musician. Lines of Silence takes its influences from classic 70s kosmische, progressive, ambient and New Age music, alongside contemporary improvised and drone acts such as Windy and Carl, Kawabata Makoto and The Utopia Strong – and melds it with a pantheistic reverence for the natural world.

Lines of Silence’s music is largely improvised, using analogue synthesisers and guitar bowing techniques such as Steve Hillage’s trademark glissando style and use of eBow.

As smallhaus and LoS David has been featured on BBC 6 Music’s The Freak Zone, Resonance FM, NTS, Trust The Doc and Grenzwellen.

David has recently relocated from London to West Yorkshire. He is signed to Dimple Discs.

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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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