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  • Vasili Papathanasopoulos


Only One arrives alongside an official visual, directed by Byron Spencer.

Image: Byron Spencer

Sydney-based dream pop duo Royel Otis have announced the release of their hotly anticipated debut EP, Campus, due out this September. Featuring their shining debut single Without U, the duo have shared another taste of the forthcoming release with Only One.

Produced by Julian Sudek (Genesis Owusu) and mixed by Dave Fridmann (Tame Impala, Flaming Lips, MGMT), the vulnerable track continues the bands exploration of dream-pop sonics, with threads of psychedelia. Simmering bass lines, jangling guitar strums and stop-start echoing harmonies play out beneath Otis Pavlovic's mesmerising falsetto vocals. The release arrives alongside an official visual, directed by Byron Spencer, which situates the duo within a pastel-hued landscape.

Speaking of their new single, the duo share: "Only One was definitely the most spontaneous track on the EP. Unlike the other songs we hadn’t really prepared it before getting into the studio. We wrote it in the midst of recording and kept building on it throughout the process for some fun. A lot of ‘try this or try that’ was going on and I don’t think we ever really knew where we were going with it, but that’s kind of the beauty of the track, it explains its strange structure and changes."

To celebrate the release of Campus, the duo will return to the stage next month, with two exclusive headline shows set to take place in Melbourne and Sydney on August 16 and September 9 respectively. Royel Otis are also set to 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

The musical project of Otis Pavlovic and Royel Maddell, Royel Otis made their dazzling debut last year with Without U. The duo began collaborating 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.

Campus is out September 30. Watch the visual for Only One below.

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