MOTSA unveils music video for Petrichor, off his EP

Posted on 10 November 2016
By Khyle Deen
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“Recalling Caribou or Four Tet, even, MOTSA’s music is laced with colour
and imagination” – Clash

“MOTSA’s sound features ominous piano lines, techno-leaning synths,
full-bodied bass lines and, in this case, the feather-light vocals of Sophie Lindinger” – Complex

“it’s immaculately produced, adhering to all the constructs of semi left field electronic dance music as well as being refreshingly simple and just a good, solid listen.” – tmrw magazine

On the day of his new and anticipated ‘Petricolour’ EP relelease, MOTSA
(real name Valerio Dittrich) has unveiled a dramatically stunning film
accompaniment to the EP opening track, ‘Petrichor’ feat Sophie Lindinger.

The clip, directed by Martina Trepczyk & Nicola Leffern (APESFRAMED), premiered this past weekend via Complex and sees the artist immersed by the elements, surrounded by some of the most incredible landscape and scenery his home country of Austria has to offer.

‘Petricolour’ EP is written about the decline of our western society; its beauty, wealth and our opportunities having reached a peak and the onset of gradual decay. This is reflected in the accompanying artwork; the flowers symbolising deterioration but retaining some beauty and hope.

Throughout the EP, MOTSA incorporates organic textures and sounds recorded from nature and his surroundings. ‘Petricolour’ EP is out now on MOTSA’s own label imprint, following two releases on Southern Fried Records.

‘Petrichor’, the first track on the EP, is a sensual delight; pulsating, intelligent rhythms and the sound of water hitting concrete signify autumn and new beginnings. Sophie Lindinger, the featured artist, is one half of acclaimed Austrian experimental pop outfit Leyya. The starkly poignant ‘Walked This Road’ follows a song about history and humanity repeating the same mistakes over and over. Offering the fastest tempo of all tracks on the EP, it combines jittery electronics but with an underlying sense of calm; a spellbinding and evolving cut with warm surges of melody.

‘Colours’ is one of the more uplifting of those featuring on the release; its use of soft vocals and classical melodies atop restrained beats building towards an epic, emotional climax. EP closing track ‘The Storm’ stays true to its title, with percussive sounds and claps creating a tense atmosphere before veering into an angelic closing half, symbolising hope for its listeners.

Upon its release, first single ‘Colours’ was streamed over 150,000 times in a week, entered the German iTunes Electronic Charts and continues to receive regular airplay across Austrian radio. The EP is currently #1 on the Austrian iTunes Electronic Chart.

MOTSA has found himself in the enviable position of being recognized and revered by the likes of John Digweed, Tom Ravenscroft, Adam Freeland and Maribou State. This list only continues to grow with each incredible remix for established acts in the field – Submotion Orchestra, SG Lewis, The 2 Bears and Flamingods being the most recent names that have commissioned MOTSA for his remix work.

‘Petricolor’ EP is out now digitally and on vinyl. He will bring his live set across Europe in late 2016 and 2017.