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Albums Of The Week: Oscar Lang | Chew The Scenery

The London pop-rocker's debut album is a vibrant collection of irresistible singles.

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Chew The Scenery is fast-rising London singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Oscar Lang’s debut long-player and his most ambitious release to date, dealing with growing pains, love, romance, friendships, and the pitfalls of social media on our collective mental health. All six singles demonstrate his versatility and growth as a songwriter and highlight’s the albums scuzzy indie-rock dynamics, orchestral grandiosity, and psychedelic flourishes.

The track Yeah highlights the way love language can complicate communication as we reveal ourselves to the people we want in our lives and was created by Lang to “capture ’90s old-school break-beats, mixed with a little bit of rock to keep it fun and vibey. It’s about trying to impress someone, but really just boring them instead,” Lang admits. “It reminds me of telling my girlfriend about all the weird little things I find interesting and her not really giving a shit.”

It’s just one of several tracks that embrace the impact and intensity of our feelings and how they are shaped by the environment around us. Write Me A Letter zooms in on the intensity of the feelings he experienced as his girlfriend Eliana Sewell, bassist for Beabadoobee, prepared to leave to go on tour for a few months. Thank You reflects on accepting and embracing our mistakes, which allow us to grow and change for the better. 21st Century Hobby dissects society’s obsession with sharing our lives online and comparing ourselves to other people. Stuck captures the emotions and complicated feelings that are often attached to the embarrassing situations we replay in our minds, and Are You Happy? focuses on a friend going through a very hard time.

Chew The Scenery furthers Lang’s rise following a momentous 2020 which yielded the release of three EPs: Antidote to Being Bored, Hand Over Your Head and Overthunk. His song Apple Juice has been featured in video games while She Likes Another Boy has gathered over 13 million streams.”