After years of stockpiling songs in his home studio, Seattle-based musician Josh Ottum had the bright idea to make his debut album a sort of “personal greatest hits.”
Josh will hit the road for a string of West Coast dates with Rosie Thomas!
More dates to come!
Josh Ottum on Tour
Dec 8 - Largo at the Coronet - LA, CA
Dec 9 - The Independent - San Francisco, CA
Dec 18 - Mississippi Studios - Portland, OR
Dec 19 - Town Hall - Seattle, WA
Who is Josh Ottum?
Like The Season, a twelve-song journey into the hallways, bedrooms, dining rooms and garages of popular music. Bolstered by semi-hollow body guitars, vintage keyboards, dry drums, and a hundred multi-tracked voices singing melodies, harmonies, and backwards woah-woahs and yeah-yeahs, Ottum’s exquisite pop songs shine like polished furniture through a window on a crisp fall morning.
Joining Ottum on his self-produced solo debut are drummer James McAlister (Sufjan Stevens, Richard Swift), multi-in- strumentalist Casey Foubert (Pedro The Lion, Sufjan Stevens) and engineer Jon Ervie (Modest Mouse, The Presidents of the United States of America).
Protected by an army of 5 drummers and a patriotically soulful horn section, Like The Season harkens back to the sweet melodic days of 70’s pop, i.e., Stevie Wonder and Steely Dan, Randy Newman. Like The Season also boasts the influence of modern classical composition with the use of theme and variation while drawing comparisons to such modern artists as Grandaddy, Ben Folds and Phoenix. But don’t be mistaken - this is not a record of cheap rip-offs and retro throwbacks - these disparate elements have been critically examined and intricately assembled by Ottum to fit perfectly into a fully functional and aesthetically pleasing musical living room.
Since late 2007, Ottum has done several West Coast and European tours followed by a successful month-long residency at LA’s respected Tangier Club. Along the way Josh has toured and shared the stage with M. Ward, The Walkmen, Alexi Murdoch, Stereolab, Cold War Kids, Rosie Thomas, Midlake, The Sea and Cake. Ottum’s music has been featured on NPR, KEXP and multiple MTV shows. Having already been released in Europe, Like The Season hastopped multiple critics’ polls and been featured in NME.