20-year-old multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer Oscar Lang has released his new single, “Antidote to Being Bored”. Alongside the new single, Lang has announced that Antidote to Being Bored – which will be his third EP of 2020 – will be released on December 4 via Dirty Hit.
Fueled by wobbly synths and jangly guitars, the psychedelic folk-rock sound of “Antidote To Being Bored” intensifies Oscar’s transition from scuzzy, self-recorded experimentation towards fuller, warped and shimmering landscapes of noise. Referred to as “Brian Wilson for Gen-Z” for his retro approach to songwriting, Lang’s efforts to encapsulate the sound of being a teenager combines laid-back and drifting indie rock chill with the menacing intensity and angst of the 1990s.
Lang admits: “I wrote Antidote to Being Bored to be an absolute blow the roof off stadium rock banger and I think it lives up to that. I wanted to get a little darker with this EP, while continuing the sound of the previous one. I feel like I really found a style of music that I love and am just excited to play. So, this release was all about developing that sound further.”
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. 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 feature in Powfu’s viral hit “death bed (coffee for your head”), the sixth most streamed song of summer 2020, having accumulated over 745 million streams on Spotify alone.