Today, Astralwerks released “Stay,” the evocative new single from OTR + WYNNE. Filled with yearning, the cinematic “Stay” cuts to the quick of a relationship at a turning point. For OTR, the song became entwined with his memories of a friend, creating an “emotional timestamp.”
OTR says, “I first heard these vocals after WYNNE DM’d me on Instagram about working together. Unfortunately, that same day, my friend passed away from a car accident and I wasn’t in any state to write. When Igot home from his funeral, I wrote the music for the song, which felt like my final goodbye to him.”
WYNNE made his debut as an artist in 2017 with his acclaimed single “Distraction” and a feature on ODESZA’s GRAMMY®-nominated “Line Of Sight,” which he co-wrote. Rory Andrew – the mastermind behind WYNNE – has also written and produced songs for such artists asTwo Door Cinema Club, Parson James and Jordan Fisher. He composed an original piece for Guillermo Del Toro’s The Shape of Water, a 2017 film that won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Original Score.
“Stay” comes on the heels of OTR’s spring 2019 single, “Heart” ft. Shallou, which is currently #1 on the Sirius XM Chill chart. The track has amassed nearly two million cumulative streams while YouTube plays are at 1.8 million combined. View the official video HERE.
Earmilk said, “To unite the sonically soul-kindling abilities of OTR and Shallou is to create something truly sublime.” This Song is Sick hailed the track as “magical” while EDM Sauce noted, “OTR has created quite the sentimental piece that will have listeners feeling some kind of way.” In this recent feature, HoneyPunch said,
Ryan, the 26-year old aerospace engineer-turned-producer behind OTR, uncovered his passion for music in 2012, when he began tinkering on a dusty, run-down piano in his college dorm lobby to break up the routine of classes and studying. Shortly thereafter, he picked up a guitar and began experimenting with Logic on his MacBook Pro. Taking an internship in Japan in 2014, he found himself living in the small town of in Kurashiki, with no friends and a major language barrier. To combat the isolation, he purchased a keyboard and a train pass and spent all his free time making music and traveling to bigger cities. When he returned to the States, Ryan moved into a neighborhood on the outskirts of downtown Cincinnati known as “Over-the-Rhine” or OTR. The once-neglected area had undergone a renaissance that mirrored his own journey of discovery as music went from hobby to career goal, so it became the ideal name for his project.