In less than a year on the scene, British-Finish swooner otta teases her first EP, with layers reflecting the shifting modes of depression and the uphill battle of intrusive thoughts.
From “a cupboard under the stairs,” otta brings deep, soulful vocals that introduce themes of piercing honesty and sharp turns. Punctuated with samples of the outside, questions of motive and a declaration of “enough” run this theme for the better. Therapeutic strings list wistfully in the center, guiding a strengthened beat that quickly picks up pace.
You can hear it in the cover photo alone. A melancholic scene features a makeshift workspace in the grass, covered ever so conveniently by an oddly placed umbrella. The sun can often play an unwelcome guest and a resounding not now creeps into the mind.
For this EP teaser, otta reunited with producer kwes of Warp Records. Sharing one’s most intimate thoughts is a nerve-wracking and unpredictable experience, like testing the temperature of a dish.
“It can feel scary sharing such personal productions with someone but I see it as a trust exercise,” otta explains. “Sometimes you need to just trust that their outlook and energy will bring out the details that can be so easily buried into a song over time, as your relationship with it inevitably evolves.”
Otta’s forthcoming EP, Songbook, is out 7/10 via PIAS.
Cover photo: Rosie Atkin