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Othenic borrowed from the Beastie Boys while tracking the warp speed of the human experience with ‘Last’

If you chiselled an indie pop edge into the legacy of a discography belonging to the Beastie Boys, you’d be left with a sonic sculpture bearing a striking reminiscence to Othenic’s latest single, Last.

With a touch of Crazy Town’s Butterfly written into the alternative mix of indie, pop, and hip-hop, the alt-90s nostalgia within Last is arrestingly potent. While the angular staccato guitars lend themselves to melodic mesmerism, Othenic reflects on how the human experience moves at a warp speed and leaves us questioning how the innocence of youth slips us by and catapults us into the monotony of corporate reality.

“Life’s too short, you might as well make it last” may seem like a simple lyric, but lean into it deeper within the context of the track and you’ll see a testament to the Kentucky-Cincinnati-based artist’s proficiency with wordplay.

Last was officially released on October 19; stream the single on Spotify and follow Othenic on Instagram.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Star-rove through the desolation in Othenic’s latest single, SUPERSONIC LIGHTSPEED

By using dark and spacey tones as a metaphor for the desolation of alienation and emptiness and pairing them with pensive lyrical iconography, Othenic proved his worth as an evocateur in his latest single, SUPERSONIC LIGHTSPEED.

The trappy nuances that bleed through the backbeat and the sharp delivery of his quasi-harmonised vocals become a sense of gravity in the reverb-swathed atmosphere of the star-roving single that instantly immerses you within the melancholy of the exposition of how inhospitable Earth can be when you’re forced to go through the motions without another soul as a compass.

Emanating the same sense of heart-on-sleeve deeply affecting appeal of Blue October and Porcupine Tree, the Kentucky/Cincinnati-hailing artist, who is quickly becoming our favourite discovery in 2023, is establishing himself as a song crafter with superlative tenacity when it comes to sonically locking into the darkest facets of the human experience.

SUPERSONIC LIGHTSPEED was officially released on November 2nd; stream it on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Instead of my Lunches: Othenic and Spencer are stuck inside their heads on Problems

Opening up the tap to their issues which threatened to drown them deep in the waters of doom, Othenic and Spencer are as honest as they come on the revealing new single to nod heads with when the times get tough on, Problems.

Othenic is a hugely promising Kentucky/Cincinnati-based indie hip-hop artist/music producer who is joined by his long-time friend and highly-rated collaborator, Spencer.

With many projects to their name and more on the way, Othenic and Spencer lift up the lid here. It’s up to us to smell the cheese or not after all. With fake sharks looming in our waters, it’s so refreshing to hear something with so much meaning and significance.

Problems from Kentucky/Cincinnati-based indie hip-hop artist Othenic and Spencer opens the book on the problems that many youth faces in this rather wild world. They tell it how it is here. Nothing is missing. Truth is oozing here. It’s catchy and to the point, just like we need it. Turn this up.

Get the beat going on Spotify.

Check out their moves via their IG: Othenic and Spencer.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen