words by tom johnson
photograph by lara laeverenz
after it all blew over, the debut EP from South London’s otta, is a mesmerising affair, a five-song collection that drifts between genres with almost limitless confidence. For every hint of jazz there is a burst of skewed electronica, for every lackadaisical vocal purr there’s a bite, a stirring of the waters.
Released this coming Friday via [PIAS] and kwes’s label BOKKLE, and available to stream here exclusively today, the EP makes for a beautifully noteworthy introduction, making good on early buzz garnered from the likes of The Guardian, The Fader, and more.
Lead single ‘Small Hours’ remains a captivating burst of colourful pop, but it’s perhaps the smaller moments, the dimly lit corners, that hold the most magic. Opening track ‘Near Enough A Woman’ is so delicately balanced and poignant you can barely look away, while the more shaded ‘Everything You Wanted’ and ‘after it all blew over’ are equally compelling, otta’s sumptuous voice drifting over the playful bed of instrumentation that so pertinently shapes the landscape here.
Gently hypnotic, the EP offers a pocket of warmth in these cold winter months; a place to hide away and wait for the season to pass. Check it out below right now ahead of its full release tomorrow.
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