Tuesday 27 December 2011

Ottilia - Forty Million Light Years

Based on the demos currently posted on her Bandcamp page, 17 year-old Swedish artist Ottilia Kjulsten is most definitely an artist worth keeping an eye on. The tunes on offer show a real songcraft to them, and surprisingly offer a large amount of variety. "Dazed & Confused" is a tender, country tinged acoustic ballad not to dissimilar to early Laura Marling, whilst the tight beats of "Listening 2 Pictures" seem to offer a female perspective to The Strokes' seminal "Last Nite."

The highlight of the set however is "Forty Million Light Years," a quirky slice of feel good pop in the mould of Phoenix. With its "Close to Me" drums, delicate (faux) string arrangements, a funky as folk bassline, and of course Ottilia's passionate vocals, the song is a real delight from start to finish.

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