Tokyo-based shoegaze producer Otom is back with his first track of 2019, titled “You Lost Me”. The new song is a bit more upbeat than the billowy electronic shoegaze he wowed us with last year, though if it’s too poppy for your taste Otom included an edited version that’s more or less a glitchy remix showcasing the track’s textural backdrop. Otom sits atop a fairly long list of recording-only Japanese music projects that I wish would get a band together and take it to the stage. His style of music seems like it would translate better than a lot of the lo-fi bedroom pop that also populates my list, but for whatever reason it doesn’t seem like that will be happening. In the meantime, we’re likely to get quite a few more singles this year, so at least we have that to look forward to.
You can pick up all of Otom’s work via Bandcamp.