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Otzeki Release New Single ‘Max Wells-Demon’ + Announce Sophomore Album ‘Now is a Long Time’

December 10, 2020
Photo Credit: Holly Whittaker.


Release New Single

‘Max Wells-Demon’

Announce Sophomore Album ‘Now is a Long Time’ 

Out 19th March 2021 via Akira Records

2 years after their breakthrough debut album, subversive electronic-punk provocateurs Otzeki return with their new single ‘Max Wells-Demon’, and news of their sophomore album, ‘Now is a Long Time’ which is due 19th March 2021 via Akira Records.

‘Max Wells-Demon’ immediately kicks in with an infectious groove and meandering bass line that recalls some of the finest 90s electronic trip-hop on speed. Across its near seven-minute runtime, arpeggios appear from the mist only to disappear again; drums fall out then kick back in with more menace, as Mike Sharp’s incendiary falsetto becomes more anguished each time he sings out “Show me a sign, Throw me a line”.

Another new track released and another track that sets the bar high for this flawless act. Seriously, how hasn’t Otzeki taken over the world yet? Easily one of the most complex yet intoxicating acts around.

Max Wells-Demon starts and the audience is hit with this instant groove and vibrant elements. The electronica takes you through this immersive exploration, ramping up the tempo, elevated notes tantalize on this infectious loop as the duo perfect this colossal soundscape. The pair create music that rivals a band double/triple its size and this fearless energy runs throughout. These compelling textures continue to be introduced into the arrangement and the atmosphere becomes so vast and consuming. Otzeki have perfected their unique delivery. The addictive lyrics allure all and hook you, the lustrous harmonies feel warm and inviting despite the darker tendencies to this orchestration. Otzeki‘s new composition is a vital listen.

Mike on the track: “Max Wells-Demon is a fictional character. I wanted to write from the perspective of a city boy, who lives for the weekend and has a kind of dual personality, circulating between the extremes of a demoralising, mundane job; and constantly dealing with the debris of excessive drug use. I grew up listening to Blur and thought it might be interesting to kind of rewrite their song ‘Charmless Man’ from the perspective of the charmless man himself. Influenced by reading City Boy and American Psycho; and bumping into some old friends on nights out who’ve wound up working in the Square Mile.”

Otzeki – the project of cousins Mike Sharp and Joel Roberts – 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.

Returning with their first new music in two years, the pair are continuing to spread their kind message of hope, using music as their weapon of choice, and aiming to bring sanity to a world on its knees. The album artwork (see below) is a photograph of the band spray painting the first lyric of the album onto the advertising void left empty due to the harsh economic times and empty streets.

An instantly exciting proposition; Otzeki manage to be both confrontational and disruptive whilst also undeniably pop.

Otzeki – Now is a Long Time tracklisting 

1. Shy Sooo Shy, 2. Sweet Sunshine, 3. Another Son, 4. Max Wells-Demon, 5. No Views, 6. Unthunk, 7. Used to Wonder, 8. Familiar Feeling, 9. Emotional Retail, 10. Leave Yourself Alone, 11. Remember, 12. Fading Up

Otzeki Live Dates 2021

20/05 – Peckham Audio – LONDON 

21/05 – Hyde Park – LEEDS

26/05 – Burg Schnabel – BERLIN

28/05 – Le Grand Mix – TOURCOING

29/05 – La Maroquinerie – PARIS


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