CMU Approved

Approved: Oscar

By | Published on Wednesday 12 November 2014

Oscar Scheller

Looking, some have said, like a young, kinder-faced Will Self (if Will Self made crinkly indie-pop songs), Oscar Scheller started releasing the first offshoots of his one-man laptop clickings last year, making a big localised impact with his first single ‘Never Told You’.

Framed by the world’s most unsmiling video that’s shot in Oscar’s room (in which all the magic happens, or doesn’t), the track sifts that tone of drab, rainy-day longing that darkens all moods at one time or another into a plain, yearny and quaint unrequited pop song made from the ABC building blocks of any great unrequited love song. Only copy and pasted over the top of the looped beat from Eric B and Rakim’s 1987 hit ‘Paid In Full’, or one quite like it.

Anyhow, watch/listen to ‘Never Told You’, and stream Oscar’s latter ‘146b’ EP – and within that, paint-streaked floor-gazer ‘Sometimes’ and the genius push-pull of ‘Open Up’ (and ‘Heartache’, for fans of Deep Blue Something’s ‘Breakfast At Tiffanys’) – ahead of two shows he’s playing, at London’s Shacklewell Arms on Friday (with Girlpool) and Hackney place Oslo on 24 Nov (with Tops and Wampire).