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O​.​T​.​O​.​T​.​W.

by James Wyatt Crosby

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"O.T.O.T.W." is the debut single by Toronto-based artist James Wyatt Crosby.

The songwriter and multi-instrumentalist makes catchy, grand-scale dreampop songs with a lo-fi DIY ethos. Crosby purposely printed effects to tape during the initial tracking of O.T.O.T.W., adding an indelible atmospheric wash to the mix. "There's also an autoharp in the recording which has a really sweet strummy sound and glues the whole song together," he adds.

Crosby's vocals are pitched up slightly, adding a sweet, dreamy edge to the track. The song's lyrics, delivered over a happy melody and lush dreampop arrangements, drift back and forth between bliss and melancholy.

"I wanted to make a song that explains the feeling of being in a really good place while knowing that it's fleeting and things will ultimately change," explains Crosby. "I was listening to The Smiths and Talking Heads a lot when I was writing and recording it. I feel those bands do a good job of making songs that are simultaneously happy and sad, and that's kind of what I was going for."

lyrics

You're on top of the world ain't it great man
You're on top of the world are you okay man
You're on top of the world you know it don't last for long
You're on top of the world the next thing that you noticed it was gone

In the blink of an eye it's all gone now
In the blink of an eye but you don't know how
In the blink of an eye you know it don't last for long
In the blink of an eye the next thing that you noticed it was gone

You're on top of the world ain't it great man
You're on top of the world are you okay man
You're on top of the world you know it don't last for long
You're on top of the world the next thing that you noticed it was gone

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released June 8, 2015
Written and performed by James Wyatt Crosby (SOCAN). Qualifies for CanCon.

Recorded, mixed and produced by James Crosby - jameswyattcrosby.com

Mastered by moon:and:6 - moonand6.com

Bass consultant Michael Guymer

Album cover image by Stephen John Crosby - sjcrosbyphotography.com

Thanks to: M+D, SJC, JD, A+B+M, AH, Y, MG, JS, SK+MD, NS, and Maisonneuve Music.

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