Walking Blind EP

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about

‘Walking Blind’ is a journey. From Marrakesh to Berlin, from New York to Cologne. While producing their debut, up to 6000km separate Alvin Paris and Matteo Luis.

More spare parts than underpants: Summer 2015, singer Alvin rattles towards Morocco on an old GDR motorcycle. Because they are so rickety, the luggage cases are packed with wrenches instead of shirts. He leaves his old life behind. He does not want to bring anything home except an iPhone full of song sketches.

Producer Matteo is also taking a break from his old life at this time. He quits his mathematics studies for music studies in Berlin and New York, where he not only develops his professional knowledge but also his experience. In addition to international gigs for institutions such as Vivienne Westwood and Adidas, he also works on sound installations and interdisciplinary projects.

Connected via the umbilical cord of the Internet, the Cologne duo works on its debut EP despite there being a distance between them in more ways than one. There is, for example, the distance between the first sound and the last. Alvin and Matteo do not even know each other when the first bars of ‘Walking Blind’ enter the world. It takes three long years until the song finally manages to apparently drag itself onto the EP. But then its presence is strong: ‘Walking Blind’ not only gives the EP its name but also introduces the listener to the duo’s danceable tracks with its fleet-footed, poppy guitar riffs.

Alvin strolls through Matteo’s tailor-made instrumentals, narrates “sweet stories”, as Matteo calls them, using intimate, clear language. Stories that have only one requirement: “Each song has to be told in no more than three sentences”. Like ‘Pink Ties’: A dog sings about its owner, who only sees a status symbol in her faithful friend. She feels unloved and is unhappy, despite having love right in front of her nose. The duo likes using everyday metaphors for the big picture.

OTEO know where they want to go and music is taking them places. 6000 kilometers of independence, a record full of freedom. ‘Walking Blind’ is a journey worth taking.
(Jan Kawelke)

credits

released February 19, 2019

Written and produced by Antonin Stock and Matteo Luis.
Additional drums and percussions by Tobias Blessing.
Mastered by Henning Birkenhake.

Design by Erkin Karamemet.
Photography by Anton Gottlob.

℗ & © OHNO Music 2019 | www.oteomusic.com

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OTEO Cologne, Germany

OTEO sound like a damn good time. Inspired by a love of club culture, their music is danceable and packed with stories and observations from the nightlife. Call them the Post Midnight Boy Band.

Disco and Funk merge with House and Garage influences: Matteo‘s sophisticated production meets Toni‘s laid back vocals. The result: extremely catchy dance tracks.
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