The fine gents from Melbourne four-piece Otious have ushered in a new year of music with their first offering in 2016, 'Afterglow'.
Featuring a similar dynamic range to much of their previous work, especially 'All I Know', which saw significant attention on SoundCloud and caught coverage from a handful of respected music blogs, 'Afterglow' opens with naught but a rolling synth and vocals from lead singer Jordan Walker.
As usual, Otious do a great job of creating tension as the track builds to a soaring crescendo. The elements in 'Afterglow' are introduced in a considered manner, and the band's signature moments of intensity are wedged between quieter, more reductive sections. This emphasis on contrast does a lot to increase the impact of the times at which 'Afterglow' morphs into a lattice of percussion, guitar, synth, arcing samples and layered vocals.