Oscar Lang has released “Get Out,” the second single from his forthcoming EP, Hand Over Your Head. Using captivating psychedelic swirls and fluttering guitar licks, the video accentuates Oscar’s signature retro, DIY style. He embraces a sunny day while lyrically “Get Out” acknowledges the difficulties we face and the realization that in the end it is us against ourselves.
“Get Up” joins previous single “Apple Juice” and continues the shift from his lo-fi, anti-folk bedroom pop sound towards a more warped and shimmering slacker-rock vibe, fueled by wobbly synths and jangly guitars.
Almost mirroring Lang’s eccentric but charismatic personality, his music practically contradicts itself, balancing experimental mischief with a delicate and deliberate focus on the euphoric aspects of normal, everyday life. Lang isn’t writing about wanderlust. He’s creating three and half minute short stories that bend old ideas into new shapes through the lens of breezy, psychedelic rock.
The 20-year-old Londoner, referred to as “Brian Wilson for Gen-Z” for his retro approach to songwriting, immediately drew praise from BBC Radio 1’s Jack Saunders, Annie Mac, and Huw Stephens as well as The FADER who premiered his 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. Oscar’s 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. In addition to Overthunk and bops etc., Lang partnered with Dirty Hit to write and produce beabadoobee’s 2018 release Patched Up and “Coffee,” which was recently featured in Powfu’s viral hit “death bed (coffee for your head),” which has accumulated nearly 750 million streams on Spotify alone.