By: Anand Harsh
Following a massive summer which saw Ott headlining east coast transformational darling Kinnection and supporting Tipper at the legendary Red Rocks, the British producer today announces that his fourth studio album will be coming out August 11, and there is a massive US fall tour on the horizon. The album is the byproduct of a wildly successful Kickstarter project, which saw the ex-Twisted Records artist holed up in his studio for much of the past year.
Today's premiere, in Ott's words, "isn’t particularly representative of the rest of the album," but he likes it, and more importantly, it advances the narrative he has laid out over the course of his career. "Harwell Dekatron" is named for a two-ton mid-century computing machine that ran on gas tubes and spewed printer tape. Ott's steampunk approach to production, which involves spooling miles of cables through analog synths until these very modern compositions are rent from ancient machines, really captures the artisinal aesthetic of today's discerning audiences, and cements Ott's sound, which is very much planted in both the future and the past.
Angular bleeps and bloops bounce off one another in "Harwell," which utilizes the latest in glitchy percussive schema, but engages the anachronistic character of Ott's repertoire with very retro synths and machine tone from bygone days. Throw in the sounds of Bangalore, where the epicenter of technological advancement now lies (or at least where your call is directed when your Android is fried), and the tongue-in-cheek wit of Ott is preserved.
To celebrate the forthcoming release of the as-yet-untitled album, Ott will be performing alongside Kaminanda and Templo at the Mishiwaka Amphitheater in Bellvue, CO on August 14 (we're giving fans a chance to win two tickets to this one). The album release tour then kicks off in earnest in late September with Plantrae and Aligning Minds.
More information can be found at ottsonic.net.
Album Release Tour Dates:
August 14 Bellvue CO @ Mishawaka Ampitheatre (with Kaminanda & Templo) Tickets
September 20 Baltimore MD @ 8 x 10 (with Plantrae & Aligning Minds) Tickets
September 22 Richmond VA @ Canal Club (with Plantrae & Aligning Minds) Tickets
September 23 Athens GA @ Georgia Theatre (with Plantrae & Aligning Minds) Tickets
September 24 Atlanta GA @ Terminal West (with Plantrae & Aligning Minds) Tickets
September 25 Knoxville TN @ The Concourse (with Plantrae & Aligning Minds) Tickets
September 26 Murfeesboro TN @ TEMPT (with Plantrae & Aligning Minds) Tickets
September 27 Asheville NC @ New Mountain (with Plantrae & Aligning Minds)
September 30 Cleveland OH @ Beachland Ballroom (with Plantrae & Aligning Minds) Tickets
October 1 Detroit MI @ Populux (with Plantrae & Aligning Minds)
October 2 Chicago IL @ Chop Shop - 1st Ward (with Plantrae & Aligning Minds)
October 3 Minneapolis MN @ The Loft (with Plantrae & Aligning Minds) Tickets
October 7 Austin TX @ The Parish (with Plantrae) Tickets
October 8 Boulder CO @ Fox Theatre (with Plantrae)
October 9 Denver CO @ Cervantes (with Plantrae) Tickets
October 10 Portland OR @ Star Theatre (with Plantrae)
October 11 Seattle WA @ Neumos (with Plantrae)
October 14 Victoria BC @ Distrikt (with Plantrae) Tickets
October 15 Vancouver BC @ Red Room (with Gaudi & Plantrae) Tickets
October 16 West Hollywood CA @ Roxy Theatre (with Plantrae) Tickets
October 17 San Francisco CA @ Mezzanine (with Plantrae) Tickets
Other Tour Dates:
July 4 Ozark AR @ Highberry Music Festival
July 18 Mariahville NY @ Camp Bisco
August 15 Croydon NH @ Wild Woods Music and Arts Festival
August 16 Laytonville CA @ Enchanted Forest
October 4 Darlington MD @ Luna Light Festival
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