Quite some time has elapsed since OTR released a full body of work. The 26-year old aerospace engineer-turned-melodic producer, aka Ryan Chadwick, released his Unfold EP in 2018. Since then, it’s been one-off singles and remixes until around nine months ago when he released the Shallou-assisted track, “Heart.” Fast forward a few new glistening singles and now fans have received the fourth from his incoming debut album, Lost At Midnight.
How fitting that OTR’s newest LP teaser is called “Midnight Sun,” a track which enlists Australian producer Ukiyo (real name Timothy Arnott). Ukiyo’s soulful, chill-hop mark on the track, mixed with OTR’s lush melodies, glittering synth arrangements, and elated tones, the track takes listeners high in the sky and leaves them perched high atop the clouds.
“I wrote the first draft of “Midnight Sun” when I was in the middle of traveling to and from the West Coast for a few collaborations,” explains Chadwick on the inspiration for the record. “There’s a moment when you’re flying at 30,000 feet where the sun sets below the horizon resulting in a faint glow barely visible behind the earth. I tried to capture that moment in ‘Midnight Sun.'”
If the track sounds all-too-familiar, that because it is. “Midnight Sun” can also be heard in the film To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You, the sequel to Netflix’s most-watched film of 2018, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. It also appears as a part of the original movie soundtrack, released just last week by Capitol Records.
To celebrate his debut album’s fourth single release, OTR also shared the single’s official music video. Directed by Cameron Veitch — who also headed the videos for the LP’s previous singles, “Stay” and “Heart” — shows love that transcends through space and time. It’s a theme that aligns perfectly with OTR’s original intention for creating the song and will almost assuredly be the string that holds the album together.
OTR’s debut album, Lost At Midnight, set for April 24 release via Astralwerks.