At once ethereal, fragile and self-assured, otta’s charismatic songwriting offers a captivating and playful blend of melancholic pop and expansive experimentalism, incorporating twinkling jazz instrumentation, grunge inflections and R&B grooves. Ahead of releasing her new EP songbook next month, we caught up with otta to talk scrambled eggs, Feist and her dream gig.

otta’s latest single ‘sick inside’ is a delicate, woozy track that furthers her eclectic sound. Awash with airy vocal harmonies, hazy guitars and hushed percussion, ‘sick inside’ saunters wistfully along, punctuated at points by jolting rhythms and warped, fuzzed-out sonic details. The track is the second to be taken from her upcoming songbook release, due out July 10th. This new EP sees the British-Finnish artist further her collaboration with Kwes and follows on from her debut EP after it all blew over, released back in January this year.

Get to know otta In Short…

Three words to describe my music…
Hot like sauna

Last photo on your phone…
big paint hand print I saw on my front door yesterday

Favourite instagram account…
was obsessed with @incellectuals in the beginning of lockdown 

The best venue I’ve played…
I liked playing at Set in Dalston

Earliest song you remember…
maybe Peter And The Wolf …..

The worst job I’ve ever had..
I worked in this cafe in Balham-it smelled like bad milk behind the counter and the customers were jarring

The thing I most love to cook is…
scrambled eggs with sriracha

My Favourite word..
I remember my favourite word was lollies when I was like 8

A book I love…
 The Power Of Now 

Things that cheer me up…
listening to music  

If I could play a gig anywhere it would be…

Helsinki watertower

I think you should listen to…
Feist 

If I could see anyone play live it would be…
Nina Simone

Songbook is due out 10th July via [PIAS] and BOKKLE

Photo credit: Rosie Atkin