Produced by Jeroen de Pessemier, “So Real” is a sweltering pop gem which will no doubt make waves at summer festivals around Europe as Oscar and the Wolf embark next month on a massive tour that will see the band play at Down the Rabbit Hole, Rock Werchter, Lollapalooza Paris, Tomorrowland and Lokerse Feesten amongst others.
After completing a sold tour in their home country of Belgium and filling up Antwerp’s Sportpaleis Arena with 20,000 fans, Oscar & The Wolf returns with new single “The Game”, out now on Play It Again Sam. The song was co-produced by Noah Breakfast (Tunji Ige, Christine And The Queens) and it features the kind of looped synths and dramatic beat drops frontman Max Colombie explored in the band’s debut album Entity, only a shade darker this time around.
Speaking about “The Game”, Colombie explained: “The track does build on the spherical electro sound of Entity. However I feel like it’s evolved to a late night remix of that sound. It’s grittier, darker and sexier but still about relationships and doubt. Ultimately I’d describe it as tears on the dance floor in the dirty twerk remix.”
22-year-old techno girl Charlotte de Witte, who goes by the DJ name of Raving George, teamed up with singer/songwriter Max Colombie, of Oscar & The Wolf fame, to deliver a club-ready jam that combines icy-cold minimal beats with melancholy vocals. Straightforward and uncompromising, this beautifully produced new song takes its full flavour as the evening turns deep and dark.
Wrapped in layers of hazy synths and pulsating laptop beats, Colombie’s mesmerising voice speaks of passion, cursed love and intangible dreams. Listen to the track on SoundCloud but be warned, once you have heard it you will want it on repeat for the next few days. The single is out now with an exclusive remix on Pias Belgium.
Hailing from the northern city of Ghent, Oscar and The Wolf is one of the most promising new acts to come out of the Belgian indie scene. With a couple of EP’s under their belt and dozens of gigs in every corner of Europe, the band is ready to bring up their game with the release of their much anticipated debut album. Any number of adjectives could attributed to Entity but in essence the twelve tracks delve into band leader Max Colombie’s creative world of minimal moodiness, sensual synth pop and dark futuristic R’n’B.
Both musically and visually, the heart of Oscar and the Wolf is one Max Colombie who, having composed much of the album in his bedroom in Brussels then recorded in both London and in his native Belgium, overseen by the much lauded producer Leo Abrahams (Brian Eno, David Byrne, Jon Hopkins, Wild Beasts) who mixed the album. In Colombie’s own words, Entity is ‘one long serenade in which I try to express my desires and my view of things to a loved-one’.
Released in Belgium and the Netherlands last April, the album will be available in the rest of the world on October 13th but you can preorder it from your usual downloading platform. In the meantime you can grab two excellent remixes for free HERE and HERE.