Oscar: Cut and Paste – album review
Oscar: Cut and Paste (Wichita Recordings)
LP | CD | DL
Out 13th May 2016
Just in time for the summer, Oscar finally unleashes his long awaited debut Cut and Paste, it was certainly worth the wait!
It seems like we’ve been waiting for so long for Oscar’s album to finally be unleashed, having toured constantly last year winning over legions of fans with his summery pop. Cut and Paste is finally here for everyone’s delectation. After what has been an unsuitably miserable start to year, with snow in April, the weather seems to have obliged by hotting up nicely in anticipation of this hazy blissed out record.
There is so much made of bland landfill indie right now, but Oscar is yet another artist bucking this trend, with his distinctive vocals that have a beautifully relaxed tone to them. Opening up with the swaggering and soaring groove of Sometimes, it sets the pace perfectly for this jaunty trip perfectly. With it’s immediate hooks and reverb drenched vocals, it’s the perfect track for a hot sunny day.
Good Things shows off Oscar’s nonchalant delivery perfectly with no pointless urgency or intensity just out reggae infused ballad. With an underlying message of positivity, as he sings about good times, it’s a truly uplifting song. On the contrary though, the happy and uplifting atmosphere is somewhat dashed by the slightly more angst filled Breaking My Phone.
It’s a move away from his previously relaxed tracks to a slightly heavier sound, his dulcet tones remain a constant though as he recounts his own love story. The other overtly striking feature of Cut and Paste is the beautiful production quality, there’s an exquisite warmth to every track, nothing is too sharp or overly polished.
Fifteen is the warmest of them all with the sound of dropping a needle on to the record at the start, before the deep bass kicks in. Oscar’s soft tones sit perfectly atop this sweet track, his lyrics equally deep and passionate, another truly beautiful track. As Cut and Past comes to a close with the twinkling synths of Gone Forever a perfect way to end.
Cut and Paste on the face of it may not be seen as your traditional, but with its variety of influences, and Oscars blissful dulcet tones it truly feels like Cut and Paste will be one of those huge summer hits. The hook-laden tracks soundtracking many a long hot day at festivals all around the country, it really is the perfect album just as the weather begins to take a turn for the better.