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Song of the day – 179: Otouto

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Folk over here (notably themselves) compare this Melbourne trio’s delicate and intelligent dance music to Bjork, Young Marble Giants, Arthur Russell and Laurie Anderson… but I don’t really hear any of that. The oblique and faintly awkward grooves, the summery feel of the constantly changing percussion, the minimal repetition, the constant throwback to insidiously vaguely menacing military beats, the way instrumentation drops in and out of the mix… all this reminds me absolutely of former Careless Talk Costs Lives favourites, The Blow (see also: anything involved with the generation that comes from Portland) and Young People.

I dunno. Some of the time I’m thinking that it’s a little polite for me, but there seems to be a subtle edge there that negates such worries. Anyway I can totally hear The Blow, for the cross-genre pollination and the way Otouto so deftly mix quietened indie sensibilities with laptop electronica and shimmering female vocals – although whether the Brown sisters can tell a story as well as Khaela Maricich remains to be seen.

This is the MySpace.

Lovely stuff.

7 Responses to Song of the day – 179: Otouto

  1. Darragh September 16, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    I really love this band. Their album, Pip, is my favourite Australia record of this year. Saw them supporting Seja back in April at the Troubadour, and I loved the mystery surrounding their approach.

  2. ed September 16, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Yeah, another vote for Pip although W Hillier is probably my least favourite song on the album. Live, at least, it’s very un-laptop electronica with glasses filled with varying heights of water and a wok being used for some of those drum/percussive sounds.

  3. Everett True September 16, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    I must track it down!

  4. garumph September 16, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    Not bad, tho needs a counter-melody halfway through to really pick it up.

  5. Darragh September 17, 2010 at 10:00 am

    Ed – Yeah, not sure why W Hillier was chosen as a single. I like ‘Autumn’ and ‘Sushi’ and ‘Cartoon Shoes’.

    Everett – you heard Sushi – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yLJgS1YMGs

  6. Nick September 17, 2010 at 11:31 am

    Really good band, and just ridiculously lovely people, which to me is a pretty big deal. It was horrifying how many people felt it was okay to talk through their Clubhouse set recently.

  7. ed September 17, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    Really glad it wasn’t just me being old and grumpy thinking that at the Clubhouse show. http://www.notaphoto.com/otouto-seja-tempo-hotel-06-08-10

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