London based artist/multi-instrumentalist Oscar Lang has shared a brand new single, ‘Write Me a Letter’.
The latest – and perhaps final – taste of his upcoming debut LP Chew the Scenery, ‘Write Me a Letter’ is the fifth track/single/preview from the album that we’ve covered so far, after ‘Thank You’,’ 21st Century Hobby’, ‘Are You Happy’, and ‘Stuck’. There have been no duds from Lang yet, riding a four-song hot streak up to this point, and dear reader, I am excited to say that Lang is now five for five.
‘Write Me a Letter’, in direct opposition to the jaunty romps of his previous singles from Chew the Scenery, is a melancholy and mournful piano ballad about loneliness and leaving. “My heart hurts letting you go, so write me a letter some time.” It’s not a breakup song or a fully heartbroken tune, but it’s packed with palpable sadness that connects whether you’ve ever sent a physical letter or not.
“‘Write Me A Letter’ is an ode to the softer side of my music,” Lang explains, “It was written about my girlfriend just before she WAS about to leave to go on tour for a few months. I think the notion of a handwritten letter is old fashioned, but oddly charming.”
I’m heavily reminded of when, back in the days where single releases were events, and most of them came out after the parent album’s physical release, the big weepy ballad was often held back since it had the greatest chance of reaching number one, at least in America.
Americans love sappy ballads: if you were Elton John, you released ‘Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting’ as the high-energy first single and ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ as the second (even though it was the third single, ‘Benny and the Jets’, that would top the Hot 100). If you were Whitney Houston, you release ‘I Wanna Dance with Somebody’ as the peppy first single and ‘Didn’t We Almost Have It All’ as the world-conquering second single ballad, but because you were so omnipotent in 1987, they both go to number one.
I’m getting off track. ‘Write Me a Letter’: great. Simple, beautiful, short, sweet, pointed, poignant. Everything about Chew the Scenery seems like it’s going to be great, and ‘Write Me a Letter’ solidifies the notion that Lang has a full range that can incorporate dynamic and stylistic shifts out of charmingly scuzzy indie rock.
Check out the audio for ‘Write Me a Letter’ down below. Chew the Scenery will be released on August 13.