Single Review: Age-Otori – City of Insomnia


Age-Otori is a Glasgow based musician and singer-songwriter. They take their performing name from a Japanese phrase meaning ‘to look worse after a haircut’. I think that’s a sentiment we all know all to well. I already feel after that like I’m a little bit closer to the artist, but if you want to find out more about them then click here to read the interview I did with them.

‘City of Insomnia’ is a fantastic name for a track, so I already went into this with high expectations, and without front loading this review, I can tell you, they did not disappoint. So first up, the opening chords reminded me of a track I’ve been listening to a lot lately called ‘Dirty Night Clowns‘ by Chris Garneau but again that just increased my anticipation, and made me like it even more. I was absolutely blown away by Age-Otori’s voice, just an amazing balance and tone to it, the perfect range for someting that is haunting and deep, and yet doesn’t become to melancholic. I spoke of balance a moment ago, and they do manage to find that balance in the track, the softer moments counterpointed by moments which are harder, more aggressive, which challenge you to listen. Overall, I really liked this track, the piano really brought the whole composition together and I’m looking forward to hearing more from this artist in the future.

So that’s what I thought of Age-Otori’s single ‘City of Insomnia’ and if you want to check that out for yourself then head on over to Spotify. While you’re at it support the artist by following them on Facebook and Twitter.

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