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L'Esprit De L'Escalier

by Leigh Toro

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Billowing 03:19
Cuckoo Wharf 02:46
Pavilions  03:15
Phantam 02:47
Palliard 04:01



Date : 12.12.14
Map point : eilean 70
Color : white / grey
Edition : limited to 75 copies


"l’homme sensible, comme moi, tout entier à ce qu’on lui objecte, perd la tête et ne se retrouve qu’au bas de l’escalier" 
("a sensitive man, such as myself, overwhelmed by the argument levelled against him, becomes confused and can only think clearly again [when he reaches] the bottom of the stairs").

L'esprit de l'escalier or l'esprit d'escalier ("staircase wit") is a French term used in English that describes the predicament of thinking of the perfect retort too late. This name for the phenomenon comes from French encyclopedist and philosopher Denis Diderot's description of such a situation in his Paradoxe sur le comédien.


Leigh Toro has been producing music for the past twenty years as both Flotel and more recently as one half of Bamboo Stilts with Orla Wren. The inspiration for this album was drawn from time spent traveling the waterways with his partner Amanda and cat Delia Derbyshire.



VIDEO WORK : www.vimeo.com/114242041



released December 12, 2014

Composed, recorded and mixed by Leigh Toro at various locations
on the canal and river network of England during the years 2008 and 2014.

Mastered by Mathias Van eecloo in Brittany in October 2014.
Art Cover by Fritz Fabert
Inside Photo by Mathias Van eecloo​
Design by Rémi Verdier



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