One of the most gorgeous works I have heard to this date. Extremely expressive, beautifully constructed and highly emotional. Would love an additional vinyl release.
Favorite track: Blackheart Breakables.
Industrial Bjork meets Chinese folk music? This album transcends genre descriptions and comparisons and genuinely sounds unlike anything else. Absolutely beautiful.
Favorite track: Through Death A Cup of Coffee.
“冥冥 Míng Míng” is Otay:onii’s second full-length album (after the album “NAG”), each song came out of soul ratcheting stories interrelated through her exploration of the word “冥 Míng”. As she defines it:
“Míng 冥, a Chinese word meaning a place between our world and the other world, where souls wandering around before they take turns to reincarnate. The word consists of a roof on the top, a sun in the middle and the number six on the bottom. Míng Míng 冥冥, which doubles the word and turns the meaning into a state where the inexplicable entanglement of past and future happens, a state where the gap which we describe as present opens the portal of memory in transformation, mutation and sublimation. If you are an angel, but as well as a fly, which of the 3 a-tions will you choose to describe these phenomena? The answer deciphers your 冥冥.”
Electronic, ambient, sound collage or even noise, with a heart to be mindless on the boundaries of all, Otay:onii breaks down structures that chains her neck and feet, aiming to be free on the ride of acute instincts and establishing a bodily connection through the synchronization of the heart and mind. She believes it is through this particular synchronization that people are brought to the bed of honesty, in which a moment of history will be worth looking back and upon, and the light will slip out from this crack within any world of creation reverberating the loudest echos.
Otay:onii (Lane Shi Otayonii) was born in Haining, China, and has recently been a resident of New York and Shanghai. She is also the vocalist of the punk spit heavy shoegaze band Elizabeth Colour Wheel (US). Her voice is frequently compared to classics such as Janis Joplin, Björk, Hope Sandoval (Mazzy Star), and Beth Gibbons (Portishead). Her own talent distinguishes itself from these greats as her own voice delivers a sound that ranges from ghostly ethereal to brutally powerful to chillingly dreamy.
Otay:onii graduated from Berklee College of music in 2016, honored twice with “Laurie Anderson Women in Technology” awards. She has also received many other honors and accolades including a bronze prize for “Best Female Vocalist” from Global Music Awards and “Best Sound” from the Audiovisual Arts Industrial Incubator Awards. She was rebellious while in school, frequently testing the limits of the learning environment and continually questioning the institution’s business model. She said she would “drop out of school if as a foreigner I can stay there without a visa”. Soon after she got the “alien of extraordinary ability” artist visa. She considers the opportunity of getting to know her bandmates and life time friends as the biggest achievement received at school.
Otay:onii於2016年畢業於伯克利音樂學院，曾榮獲兩屆勞瑞·安德森女性科技獎，Global Music Award的最佳女聲銅獎，與Audiovisual Arts Industrial Incubator最佳聲音金獎等。學院派的背景下的她一直與學院環境和理念格格不入，一直認為“如果不是需要學生簽證繼續在美國生活，早就輟學了”。在大學最後一年，她順利地拿到了傑出人才藝術家簽證，而回顧起學校的經歷，她覺得反倒結識了許多音樂夥伴才是最大的收獲。
“Singer and front-person Lane Shi Otayonii mostly sticks to cleans, but the register of her voice and her off-kilter inflection means the vocal sits above the riff-swirl in a way that never lets you ignore it. And she’s constantly doing weirdshit: sing-song playfulness melts into a jazzy drawl, syllables rolling around her mouth until she finally lets loose with a wail, while the songs beneath go in every direction but straight ahead. At every turn you’re reminded this is something you haven’t heard before.”
“Nocebo plays like a single epic work, thanks largely to Lane Shi’s vocals. (For a rough approximation, imagine an amalgam of Diamanda Galás, Julie Christmas, PJ Harvey, Judy Garland on the best night of her life and John Motherfucking Coltrane.)”
- Decibel Magazine
“It’s impossible to deny that Lane Shi’s vocal performance is incredibly unique from the off; you could reference Joanna Newsom or Regina Spektor as a vague comparison, but she is tapping into something that’s totally her own on these tracks.”
- Echos and Dust
"Otay:onii’s vocals here are retro and dusted with grit, almost smokily cabaret. The nuances and inflection in her singing are connected deeply to flexible filaments of emotion.”
- Boston Hassle
“with vocals that sound like a banshee version of Amy Winehouse.”
- Rolling Stones
released February 22, 2021
Music composed & performed by Otay:onii
Lyrics & Painting by Otay:onii
Recorded in 2019 - 2020 at Studio in Ridgewood, Brooklyn NY
Mixed & Mastered by Seth Manchester at Machines with Magnets
Design & Layout by ruò tán 若潭
Like sleeping giants they awaken from their droning dream state into a whirlwind of vicious energy and absolute fury. The last track is called Interlude so I'm praying that they release the sequel soon! goblintoof