Oscar Scheller HTTP404 He’s not calling it an album but the latest project from Oscar Scheller, is HTTP404. Since his debut full length, Cut & Paste, Oscar has been very busy working as a writer and producer for other pop acts (Mae Muller, Lily Allen etc). And as ably demonstrated by the two singles (“1UP” with Sarah Bonito and “Runaway” with Tiffi) that have come since that debut, he has very clearly made a huge leap as both a songwriter and producer. HTTP404 is a collection of 11 jaw-dropping pop songs, all bar one produced or co-produced by Oscar himself, and all bar one collaborations with other musicians he has been working with or who he has been excited by on the scene (including Lily Allen, PAWWS, Vera Hotsauce, Jevon and Havelock, amongst others). Gone are the guitars that characterized his earlier sound and now in their place we find synths, samples and programming that pull the work of Oscar Scheller right into the zeitgeist. Characterised by the incisive and witty lyrics we have come to know and love from Scheller and backed by melodies that will be jammed in your head all day long, HTTP404 is a rush of smart, pop magic. Wichita Recordings CD | LP
Oscar Sometimes Double A-side Marbled (TBC) 7" from London's Oscar. Huw Stevens' BBC Radio 1 Tune Of The Week Sometimes and other album track Breaking my Phone. Bedroom-fuzz-garage-pop with a Blur / Albarn charm about it! Wichita 7"
Oscar Cut & Paste Debut album from Londoner Oscar. Bedroom-fuzz-garage-pop. There's a Blur / Albarn charm about this! You can hear the clear influence of a West London upbringing in the bashment rhythm of “Be Good” or the dub bassline and echo of the anthemic, uplifting “Good Things”. You’re hit by the boom-bap breakbeat of his beloved mid-90s hip hop on “Breaking My Phone” and “Beautiful Words”, before swooning to his more tender side on “Only Friend”, where Oscar is joined by Marika Hackman for a gorgeous duet over a sea of bubbling synths, or “Fifteen”, an addictive love song, ragged at the edges and wearing its heart defiantly on its sleeve. Wichita CD | LP
Meg Baird Don't Weigh Down The Light Third solo album from Espers' Meg Baird. Shimmery indie folk, for fans of First Aid Kit and Lucy Rose. Like Meg’s previous LPs, the foundation of Don’t Weigh Down the Light is her lyrical, precise, and propulsive fingerstyle guitar work and a voice that’s alternately soaring, tender, soothing, and deep with mystery—one that more than a few have likened to folk’s greatest female voices: Sandy Denny, Jaqui McShee, and Shirley Collins. But where Dear Companion and Seasons on Earth were relatively minimalist affairs, Don’t Weigh Down The Light swims in colours and texture. Electric guitars and organs float and dart around Meg’s intricate picking and voice like ghosts. Distant drums become heartbeats. Piano and electric 12-string guitars shimmer like sun shining on rippling, crystalline seas. Wichita CD | LP
Cheatahs Murasaki 4 track EP from New Slangers Cheatahs who are pushing their prog/psych sound! Bassist Reid’s Japanese-American heritage is the spark for the EP’s scorching motorik title track. Over a wavering analogue synth line and maddening thrum of distorted guitar, the song imagines his parents’ first meeting in Kyoto from two differing perspectives. The first part is “a partly-fictionalised, modern take sung in English,” says Hewitt, “while the second, sung by Dean, is told in the form of a traditional Japanese epic tale.” Wichita 12"
Cheatahs Sunne EP New Slangers Cheatahs are back with a new EP. Fuzzy retro sounding indie-rock which fans of Temples and Toy will be into! Wichita 12"
Les Savy Fav Let's Get Out Of Here We found some copies of Les Savy Fav's Let's Get Out Of Here 7" from Root For Ruin. Totally incredible band that almost made it to New Slang back in '08 and this single, if no other, sums them up perfectly! Wichita 7"