Otzeki Release New Single “Fading Up”
Electronic-punk provocateurs Otzeki (the project of cousins Mike Sharp and Joel Roberts) recently returned with their first new single in two years with ‘Sweet Sunshine’, and are now treating fans to another off-kilter electronic banger with ‘Fading Up’.
Instant deep grooves propel the audience into this vast and immersive arrangement. The atmosphere is built upon crucial electronic elements that meander through the solid soundscape before ramping up the intensity. Those intricate elements become a tender bed for the standout vocal harmonies which consume you. True to life lyrics delivered with such melody, this track becomes a necessary listen
Mike on the track: “From Australia to Iceland – ‘Fading Up’, crossed a few international borders and time zones to get made. Originating in Sydney, it was a track inspired by the sunrise and a glimpse of eternal happiness, before it was thrown across the globe to Peckham (via Brixton and Cambridge), where it went through a bit of an identity crisis taking on various incarnations, until settling on what it is today. The music itself is hopeful and it’s essentially a love song but the lyrics also send out a warning ‘be wise with your time’. An abstract picture Mike had taken of a car speeding past a disused shop window in Reykjavik felt appropriate to use as an artwork, since so many high street stores have been forced out of business lately and as musicians we’re currently unable to rely on live performances as a viable business.”
Otzeki was born after a semi drunken jam on a partly functioning Yamaha AN200 drum machine and a Fender Jaguar guitar. Taking their name from a misremembered Russian author, their blend of carefully sourced electronics, luscious electric guitar and falsetto vocals has been the longstanding formula of the project which has seen them tour Europe, UK and USA. Vigorously awakening crowds to the sound of their rhythm, they are able to create an almost deadly, definitely dangerous live energy which has become an integral part of who they are. Despite the current global situation, there will be news of live dates, IRL or virtual.
Otzeki are easily one of the most impressive acts around.. Addictive, compelling and carefully crafted.