For Oscar Lang, playing music has always been his way of making sense of the world around him. Since childhood, his love of sound and melody has been a constant, from improvised ditties describing his dinner plate to his beginning piano lessons at just six years old.
Hand Over Your Head, which he released via Dirty Hit in September 2020, his sound is increasingly rich with razor-sharp details, each beat and bassline precisely designed for maximum impact. Atop those details, though, is the key ingredient for Oscar: pure, unencumbered songcraft. As listeners to his previous work can attest, his instinctual way with intimate lyrics and smart, earworm hooks is exceptionally affecting and honest; self-produced records like 2018’s Teenage Hurt and To Whom It May Concern are spare, vulnerable things whose potential was realised by the fuller, more confident releases that followed.