LOTT- "Parking On The Grass"
LOTT is the solo project of Minneapolis musician Leah Ottman (We Are The Willows, Better Bones, and batteryboy).
The core inspiration for LOTT's compositions is the Romantic Period of classical music. The chordal structures, intervals, and melodies heard throughout her songs are reminiscent of those used by Antonin Dvorak, 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.
LOTT has been likened to a modern day torch singer of indie music - both in her lyrical themes and vocal styling. She has been greatly influenced by Patsy Cline's catalogue of songs about unrequited love and heartbreak.
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. LOTT began performing publicly in early 2014. Her first single was released by The Homestead Records in August 2014. The song was recorded at The Pearl Recording Studio and engineered and mixed by Zachary Hollander, produced by Adam Levy (Honeydogs, And The Professors), mastered by Jeremiah Satterthwaite, and features instrumentalists, Eric Carranza on guitar (Hot Date, Better Bones, and batteryboy), Travis Collins on bass (We Are The Willows and Deleter), and Charlie Rudoy on drums (Carroll).