charlie otto is releasing a new album on apr 9, 2020 called ( )PRESSION. it’s only released in digital format, you can pre-order it here.

it will be on spotify itunes etc but we’d prefer if you checked it out on bandcamp, where you can get two bonus songs if you buy the album.

photo courtesy of daniel church

here are the liner notes:

this album is special to me because all the songs were born and raised about the same time. i made about 20 snippets of songs from scratch in january 2019, then herded them toward this album is special to me because all the songs were born and raised about the same time. i made about 20 snippets from scratch in january 2019, then herded them toward completion over the next year. many died along the way and ultimately the album felt best with the 8 songs i’ve left, for anyone willing to listen.

a king grieves
it’s about being extremely blessed but somehow still upset. how could that be, and more importantly, what could i do or undo to change it?

cake
non-specific story about someone willing to do anything to get what they think they want

summon the sun in
drinking coffee and eating breakfast

 

easy
a song i imagine my daughter elvis sings to her mom. there is a music video on the internet for this one, and it stars both of them

bite down
featuring elvis and two of her friends. it’s about how certain times my jaw gets really tight when i’m hanging with my child, sometimes cuz i want to squeeze her and sometimes cuz i’m worried she’ll fall off the couch and it will be my fault

open arms
about my admiration for trees. in every season, they stand tall with open arms, ready to endure whatever comes next, until death

shift red
from the perspective of the sun, singing about its children. feels cosmically connected to the song before this, “open arms”

your lucky scars
elvis had to have surgery when she was born, and now she has a clean bill of health and two beautiful scars. sometimes i think of an alternate reality where the surgery was not available to us, and i had to slowly watch her die. someone out there has been in that position, and that’s an unbearable thought. i think medicare for all in the US is a good idea, for that and many other reasons.