Dream Away / There is Still Time is otom's single theme about expectation and reality. It composed of two songs with different styles, Dream Away with long tail reverse tone and ambience, and There is Still Time featuring distortion guitars and tight drums. While keeping the layered vocals and tone that is the style of otom, the beauty of the melody, chord progression, and simplicity of the arrangement are pursued.
It was rebuild around ideas from the early 2000s and produced since after the Cycle EP, released in November 2021. It is a more pop work, absorbing elements of the '60s soft rock, '80s new wave, and alternative scenes that have influenced otom.
A song about expectations and reality. This song was composed around 2003 as an outtake for the first EP "Highlife EP" (2004) and unreleased for a long time. After new lyrics and arrangements, it was re-recorded from the late of 2021. This song composed in the style of repeating chord progressions, one of the characteristics of otom's early works. It has a floating sound with acoustic guitars, e-bows, and flutes mixed with reverse effects. This song strongly inspired by the phrasing and ambience of Cocteau Twins and This Mortal Coil.
A song of lament and expect. Unreleased song composed based on a phrase from around 2010. A pop song influenced by like a soft rock melody and atmosphere. Driven guitar sounds and phrases are mixed with it. Also, tight drums are another feature. The song emphasizes simplicity more than usual. The title is taken from a message in Stanley Kramer's film "On the Beach" (1959).
Just try it and have fun.
Are you interested to another version of Dream Away?
You will listen to Process Of Dream Away version on SoundCloud.
Released April 21, 2022(JST)
musician, composer. otom was born in tokyo, japan in 1976.
otom sound has been making with guitars, computers, MaxMSP and many musical instruments to create
shoegaze, dream pop, electronica and acoustic sound.
Also otom often makes a experimental, drone, ambient sound and audio/visual works.
And otom keeps influencing those music and movies now.
otom then began to play the guitar when 14 years old.
loved 60's to 70's music, especially important that artists were making beautiful chorus work and like a floating sound.
Then otom met my bloody valentine, flying saucer attack, slowdive, galaxie500... and many electronica artists.
A most important artist is fennesz, so fennesz's sounds made him change an output.
otom made 4albums and 6eps so far, since about 1998.
And also early years, otom has another name that called "alphabet", it changed a name on the first of 2008.
now, otom keeps to making various types of sound with MaxMSP.