Watch our interview with Royel Otis below!
Sydney-based dream-pop duo Royel Otis have unveiled their debut EP, Campus. We caught up with the duo to unpack the release, finding their unique sonic sound, the marriage of music and visuals and so much more!
Produced by Julian Sudek (Genesis Owusu) and mixed by Dave Fridmann (Tame Impala, Flaming Lips, MGMT), Campus takes listeners on a sonic journey, marrying notes of psych-rock and pop within textural soundscapes. Simmering bass lines, jangling guitar strums and stop-start echoing harmonies play out beneath Otis Pavlovic's mesmerising falsetto vocals across the collection of songs.
Creating a record woven with nostalgia that still feels contemporary, the EP explores different threads of hope, heartbreak and loneliness, creating a vulnerable and emotional collection of songs. Featuring the singles Without U and Only One, Campus is rounded out with three new offerings including Wait and the sonically darker Days in the Dark, before ending with the uplifting Never Been More Sure.
The musical project of Pavlovic and Royel Maddell began upon Maddell returning home after living in New York and finding himself working at a bar. Here, he had a chance encounter with Pavlovic who was fresh our of school. One night, Pavlovic showed Maddell his demos and the rest is history.
To celebrate the release, Royel Otis will take to the stage for two headline shows at Sydney’s Oxford Art Factory Gallery on November 18 and The Gaso in Melbourne on November 19. Following the performances, the duo will support The Rubens on select dates during their 0202 Album Tour, playing Sydney’s Enmore Theatre on November 11 and Melbourne’s The Forum on November 25.
Campus is out now!