Circuit Sweet Introducing, Feature, News, Reviews

Ohtis Release New Track “Schatze” Featuring Stef Chura- First Single From Saddle Creek ‘Document Series’

February 8, 2021




Illinois band Ohtis – the trio of Sam Swinson, Adam Pressley and Nate Hahn – share a new single, ‘Schatze (feat. Stef Chura)’. The track represents the first of two singles from the Schatze b/w Failure 7 inch, out February 26th via Saddle Creek’s ongoing Document Series.

Previous releases include Hovvdy, Palehound, and Hand Habits. ‘Schatze’ was mixed by Collin Dupuis (Lana Del Rey, Angel Olsen, St. Vincent) and it follows the release of Ohtis’ critically acclaimed 2019 debut album Curve of Earth which was released via Full Time Hobby. Offering even further insight into a brutally honest mind, the two new songs are dark, raw, but always tinged with a compelling sense of sardonic wit.   

Easily one of the most impressive tracks to discover, brutally honest lyrics delve into aspects of harsh reality laced with a layer of amusement, whilst this hypnotic angular instrumentation becomes the focal point for your attention. This outfit has captured their standout energy within their new arrangement. Bold, bright, and buoyant- what more would you want. Ohtis challenge the current world and stereotypes and develop these virtuous textures. Embrace this immersive and authentic orchestration, a contender for song of the year, hands down.

Schatze conducts a character analysis of the “Selfish Antisocial Male”, told primarily through the lens of his long put-upon girlfriend – which Chura acts the part of – in a series of complaints about his objectionable behavior. The concept is brilliantly illustrated by a simple but mesmerising lyric video which features the two in a digital exchange. “I’ve always loved Ohtis and Curve of Earth is one of my favorite recent releases to come out,” Chura says of her involvement. “Sam is a rare songwriter. He speaks from an honest and dark place with a sincerity that I think is refreshing and deeply relatable. Adam is an old friend who was living down the street from me in Detroit at the time this collaboration came to be tossed around. I think someone on my Instagram kept asking me about doing a song with them… So I made a poll as a joke which led to the inevitable. When they showed me the song and the call and response format I was instantly in love with it.”

Though light-hearted and fun in its tone, ‘Schatze’ offers no illusions about the state of affairs: he is wrong, selfish, and unrepentant about it all. “I got the idea for the song on an oceanfront balcony up in Cambria when my wife got annoyed by my neurotic vape addiction crampin’ the vibes,” Sam Swinson says. “Most of the rest was written and recorded last year, late at night in a hotel room in Amsterdam.” The track actually takes its name from a cat belonging to Sam’s friend Gerald, which Sam says is extremely violent and possessive. “He has put Gerald’s wife Teri in the hospital, and fucked me up badly more than once because I had refused to admit there was a cat alive whose heart I could not win,” Sam says. “Turns out Schatze is such a cat.”

Formed nearly two decades earlier while in high school, Ohtis entered a 15-year hiatus as a result of lead vocalist Sam Swinson’s addiction issues before reforming to make the record following his sobriety.  A deeply personal and honest record, Curve of Earth presented an autobiographical journey through Sam’s recovery as well the demons of his religious upbringing. 

Listen to ‘Schatze and pre-order the 7inch here:

You Might Also Like

No Comments

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.