What does it sound like?:
Ott is a leading light of the electronic psychedelic dub scene. I came across him two or three years ago, late on the last night of a festival. Knew nothing about him, but I wandered into the dance tent and was transfixed. Fairchildren is his most recent album, but still dates back to 2015. He’s not a prolific lad (but he does live on Dartmoor, so he must be alright).
This isn’t a difficult or challenging music, quite the opposite. Paradoxically, that makes it quite hard to write about. Pleasure doesn’t need analysis, and this is a soft warm enveloping cocoon of a record, one that captures the feeling of delicious unawareness in the moment you wake up before reality hits, but is also like laying on the grass and watching the clouds and sky on a summer’s day with no particular place to go. Almost every song features wordless vocals, both treated and au naturel, with lots of live instrumentation all on top of a solid dubby electronic bedrock. That bedrock is the foundation of the album, so intricate, so carefully put together, so wonderfully constructed. It’s lush, unhurried and full of small details and touches that betray hours and hours spent over its creation (please listen on a decent set of headphones or speakers if you can).
Clearly, I really like this, but I’m expecting it to be quite divisive here. The psydub / psybient genre it’s come out of is, let’s face it, ripe for ridicule. On top of that, the artwork is terrible, there are parts that stray very close to d*bst*p, and the ‘ethnic’ vocal samples won’t be to everyone’s taste. Basically what I’m saying is that, yes, it stinks of hippies, but trust me, none of that matters when you are listening to this blissful warm bath of an album. It’s glorious.
What does it all *mean*?
what does anything mean, man?
Goes well with…
Might suit people who like…
Banco De Gaia, The Orb, and things of that ilk.