Track Is From His Debut Album, Lost At Midnight,
Set For April 24 Release On Astralwerks
OTR shared his new single, “Broken” (with Au/Ra). The glistening, poetic track captures the emotional seesaw of wanting to be open to love yet fearing heartbreak. “Broken” is from OTR’s full-length debut, Lost At Midnight, which will be released by Astralwerks on April 24.
Ryan Chadwick – the 26-year old aerospace engineer-turned-producer behind OTR – says, “The song ‘Broken’ initially sounded like a happy pop anthem when it was initially written. On the flight back from Columbus to Atlanta last year, I had this idea to make it a bit darker and wrote the new instrumental on the spot. Thankfully, Au/Ra was available and jumped in. It was a lot of fun working with her; she added a ton of life and a whole new direction for the song. Working with her was much like the rest of the album; it was very collaborative and took the music to another level.”
Raised on the Caribbean island of Antigua, Au/Ra has crafted a powerfully emotive sonic world filled with A-class pop songs that explore the dark nature of humanity with huge pop hooks and distinctive production. Her breakout hit “Panic Room” went on to be remixed by underground duo Camelphat and now sits at 40 million streams. While definitely pop, her music is the aural equivalent of an Edgar Allen Poe story; a patchwork of subterraneous synths, haunted vocals, propulsive beats and lyrics that tackle Gen Z’s hopes and fears.
Lost At Midnight is available for pre-order at all DSPs HERE. Fans who pre-order the album in digital format will instantly receive “Broken” (with Au/Ra) plus “Moon” (feat. Vancouver Sleep Clinic), “Midnight Sun” (with Ukiyo), “Stay” (with WYNNE), “Heart” (feat. Shallou) and “Drive” (with Panama). The vinyl and digital editions are available for pre-order at http://store.musicbyotr.com.
“Broken” is the follow-up to “Moon” feat. Vancouver Sleep Clinic, which Variance hailed as “mesmerizing.” ThisSongIsSick.com said, “OTR & Vancouver Sleep Clinic are an absolutely incredible match…this latest offering only doubles the calm yet powerful vibe we’ve come to love from both.” Soundazed observed, “‘Moon’ invites listeners on a soaring journey led by OTR’s transcendent production and Vancouver Sleep Clinic’s confessional lyricism about unconditional love, healing, and commitment.”
“Midnight Sun” (with Ukiyo) was heard in the opening scene of the Netflix global hit film To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You. “Heart” feat. Shallou climbed to #1 on the Sirius XM Chill chart and has amassed nearly 12 million cumulative streams to date. Lost at Midnight also features collaborations with Saint Sinner, LOWES and Emerson Leif.
Chadwick uncovered his passion for music in 2012, when he began tinkering on a dusty, run-down piano in his college dorm lobby. Taking an internship in Japan in 2014, he found himself living in the small town of in Kurashiki, with no friends and a major language barrier. To combat the isolation, he purchased a keyboard and a train pass and spent all his free time making music and traveling to bigger cities. Upon returning to the University of Cincinnati, Chadwick kept up with his music and began releasing his material under the name OTR – a nod to Over-the-Rhine, a recently revitalized area on the outskirts of downtown Cincinnati. Now based in Atlanta, he recorded most of Lost at Midnight in his apartment, slowly uncovering certain signature elements that now define his sound.