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OTZEKI Debut LP, Premiere Track On BBC, Play SXSW
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 8:00 pm MST
Heralding the release of their debut album Binary Childhood, Otzeki’s follow the release of new single Pay The Tax by debuting the accompanying video online.
Already picking up plays at Radio One Pay The Tax’ imagines “an algorithm is the establishment” and references the leaked Paradise Papers and the injustice of a system that serves itself rather than the people it’s supposed to. Mike Sharp (vocals, guitar) says “I’m pretty A-political in the sense that I’m interested in humanity, politics has become automatically associated with economics and business and humanity should come before that.”
Directed by Christian Cargill and shot on the fly across London’s tube and overground network, Otzeki’s guerrilla tactics proved cost effective – the only fine they incurred whilst filming was forgetting to tap their oysters whilst rushing for a connection. In the final cut Mike Sharp ramps up his performance as he strides across London’s transport network.
Otzeki’s debut album Binary Childhood is released on May 25th and teams Joel Roberts (keys, Ableton) meticulous attention to deal with the improvisational methods and stream of consciousness writing that’s been a feature since Otzeki’s inception. Separate, spiritual awakenings in Berlin formed the catalyst for Sharp and Roberts musical alliance – their mission a project built around balance and duality.
It’s an album driven by rhythm, that takes their previous use of electronic loops and infuses them with more organic sounds and live percussion. An exercise in the dark arts of electronic music, ‘Binary Childhood’ delivers a kind of controlled raving that’s served with a side-order of something subtly sinister and, despite their insistence that they’re not academically inclined individuals, is packed with cerebral songwriting.
Debut EP ‘Falling Out’ set the agenda and Otzeki’s follow up singles have seen them pick up support from Radio 1, 6music and Radio X and a growing fanbase via tours across Europe and the US. To coincide with Binary Childhood’s release the duo embark on an extensive European tour proceded by dates at SxSW. The schedule includes two instore shows at Rough Trade East and Bristol respectively and an album launch at London’s Oslo.
3/13: SXSW – Killing Moon & Reverb Nation Evening Showcase
3/14: SXSW – Collide’s TWIX Duo House
3/15: SXSW – AWAL B3SCI Showcase
3/17: SXSW – British Music Embassy – Latitude 30
Binary Childhood – TRACKLISTING
01. All The Animals
02. Pay The Tax
03. Already Dead
04. True Life
05. Nobody Like You
06. Are You For Real
07. Sun Is Rising
08. Foreign Love
09. Angry Fix
10. Walk On
11. Ships Are Coming
|WATCH & SHARE: Otzeki – “Pay The Tax”
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