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Dear Echo

by Cecil Otter

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Jonathan Malkin The last 5 years I've rolled around in what I call Doomtree creative silk sonic hugs, I've been inspired to produce, mix and sometimes driven to emotional tears at how amazing their music is. "Dear echo" is no exception. The moment Cecil throws down the female vocal sample in 'Beauty' is perfect. I actually get lumps in my throat sometimes when I listen.

Real poetry and music created for true feeling, not just to hit the charts. When I discuss music and people use "rap" to describe the deteriorating popular music scene, I correct them with music like this. Favorite track: Beauty.
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Grime 03:56
Beauty 04:20


Here are 3 songs that I wrote a few years ago. The plan was to put them on the full length that I’m working on, but these 3 in particular were written about/for a certain part of my life that has been in the rear view for so long that they didn’t make sense with the more recent songs I’ve been writing.

Instead of adapting them to the new tracks or letting them fade away completely i decided to cut them loose. For me, it was a good way to show fans of my music that there is still a pulse and a plan to put out new music and all of the other music i’ve made in the past instead of keeping it to myself, fearing that the world might explode if anyone else hears them.

I could go into detail about what these songs mean to me, but I’m not going to. I keep that kinda thing to myself as the meanings tend to change for me very often. People who know my music would also know that my songs are very cryptic and overflowing with word play, but they give you the space to make up your own worlds and meanings.

It should be known that without the support of some very important people in my life these songs as well as the next round of albums would have most likely been left to rot on an old hard drive or not have been made in the first place. If these songs mean anything to you then you have a handful of beautiful people to thank for that…as do I.

Here are some…

Ryan Olson


Zack Coulter

Justin Vernon

Joe Westerlund

Sage Francis

Benson Ramsey

Jake Hanson

B.J. Burton

Diana Ky

Andy Lund

the list can and will go on…

Expect more and more solo work and production from me and everyone else in the near future.

All the best and love to y’all.

—Cecil Otter


released April 1, 2016

Produced, written, and performed by Cecil Otter
Initial tracking at April Base Studios
Engineered and mixed by BJ Burton
Mastered by Huntley Miller at H.M. Mastering
Guitar by Benson Ramsey and Jake Hanson
Additional drumming by Joe Westerlund
"Grime" includes samples from the song “Akrobaternas Flykt” by KAIPA (1974) written by Hans Lundin

Artwork by Cecil Otter
Cover layout by Andy Lund

© Doomtree Records 2016


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Cecil Otter Minneapolis

As a founding Doomtree crew member and behind-the-scenes production wizard, Cecil Otter has spent years developing his unique and signature sound. As an emcee he’s admired for his cinematic style. He writes about love, vengeance, and redemption—and the spaces where the three convene. His narratives ride on hazy imagery: sepia flickers of loners, beauties, ghosts, and vagabonds. ... more

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