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World Greetings is a tongue-in-cheek welcome handshake to the world of commercial music from Otto, while also being a maximalist, unpredictable electronic journey.
"He's prepping an album, also due on PLZ, that will contain more "delicate" pop songs, but wanted listeners to meet his most surrealist side first. "It's maybe like the bread basket before the meal," he explains, "but the bread is a deepfried cheese ball with a fully ignited cheese sauce. Not necessarily a meal, but something to jolt the customer." The EP opens with the immersive, triumphant track 'Greeting', before fizzling into life with the off-the-wall production of 'Bathroom On The Bus': a high-octane club production that balances light flashes of synth melody with a rubbery bassline.
Then there's 'About You Now', a melancholic interpretation of the song first recorded by UK girl group the Sugababes, and made famous in the US by kids' TV star Miranda Cosgrove. In Otto's version, the melody echoes out as if recorded in a deep cavern, while chaotic drum patterns erupt all around it, giving the impression that time is slowing down and speeding up at once. The EP reaches its frenetic peak with 'Hiding From the Cops in My Range Rover', a skittering, paranoid track that was inspired by an infamous paparazzi shot of Paris Hilton. "I made 'Hiding from the Cops' very quickly in a common area in a dorm one Friday evening," says Otto. "I made it during a period where I was making mostly drum-focused tracks that I could program solenoids [electromagnets] to play. Also during this time, I would usually try and push the tempo as high as possible, making things uncomfortable but not 'too' uncomfortable.""