Oscar // 20th Nov // £6
Careening out of North West London comes 22-year-old Oscar Scheller; one of the most exciting English indie-pop talents in years.
Having hit no.1 on the Hypemachine, been championed by Chloe Moretz and getting love from the music and style press on both sides of the Atlantic, he announces his new indie-pop smash hit.
Signed to cult indie label Wichita, the label that set off a 1000 ‘00s indie dance floors with Bloc Party’s ‘Silent Alarm’ in 2005, their new kid has his sights set on the hearts of the new decade.
Where as Bloc Party came firing out of Goldsmiths (like Blur) Oscar took the Pulp route. He actually studied Sculpture at Saint Martin’s College.
But, reduce Oscar to neo-Brit-Pop and you miss all the stuff fizzing in his brain. In a previous life he’s convinced he was a 90s rapper. Most of his songs start in his bedroom with Logic Express and a cheeky break sampled from an East Coast rap Golden Age deep cut (be that Eric B & Rakim or Big L). He was classically trained in singing and piano. He also samples opera. He knows his way around everything from Satie to musical composer Lionel Bart to Kurt Cobain. Now he’s got a proper label, he’s got Ben Baptie to mix his bedroom produced tracks (who has worked with Empress Of, Albert Hammond Jnr. and more). He’s also announced an epic 21 date UK/Euro tour, UK dates in association with DIY mag and a single release party in association with Wonderland Mag.
New single ‘Breaking My Phone’ is pure Oscar. A swaggering back beat, his pure Baritone, a Beatle-Bummed-out tale of late night cracked phone screens and love-wrecks. The songwriting is timeless but the moment is right now. 2016 – meet Oscar !