Oscar Lang has announced that his next EP, Overthunk, will be released March 6 on Dirty Hit Records, alongside a new video for the EP’s first single, “Flowers“.
The infectious singalong represents the first track from the 19-year-old Londoner since his debut EP bops etc., which was released in 2019. Written and self-produced, “Flowers” signals the first steps towards a forthcoming record from Lang, who said “The video was a fun one to make. We didn’t want to do anything as wacky as the last video but still wanted to capture the colorful vibe of the track. Screaming into a leaf blower was my favorite part of the shoot, although it did give me the most extreme case of cotton mouth I’ve ever experienced!”
Of the retro approach to songwriting that helped brand him as the “Brian Wilson for Gen-Z” Lang said, “I wanted to blend a mix of the old Beatles-esque psychedelia and a modern sound, and it was a fun opportunity for me to scream all over a track.”
Lang released his self-produced EP bops etc. in June last year — his first release on Dirty Hit – and immediately drew praise from BBC Radio 1’s Jack Saunders, Annie Mac and Huw Stephens as well as The FADER who premiered its lead single “Hey” (ft. Alfie Templeman), and also included the track in their “18 best rock songs right now” column. The Line Of Best Fit made “Hey” their Song of the Day, while NME and others praised the EP’s five inventive and thrilling new tracks. His self-released 2018 records Teenage Hurt and Silk were later pressed on limited yellow 12″ vinyl and re-released by Dirty Hit. The early records set the tone for his solo work — spanning lilting psych hooks to dreamy washes of guitar to punchy millennial lyricism — and drew in hundreds of thousands of listeners in the process.