Oscar Lang has announced his debut album, Chew The Scenery, in barnstorming fashion with his new single ‘Stuck’.
Lang is signed to Dirty Hit, home to esteemed indie acts in the UK like Wolf Alice, The 1975 and Beabadoobee. Judging by this fuzzy single, the 21-year-old Londoner looks set to be the next act to make a name for himself from their roster. Over the last three years, Lang has slowly been releasing EPs and has finally reached the stage to share his first full studio album, but that time has been a steep learning curve.
The new track is bursting full of angst which Lang crams into a song that only lasts a little more than two minutes, but every single second sees the upstart show off his full garage rock credentials. ‘Stuck’ is ready-made for the return of gigs thanks to its fervent energy, and Lang must be chomping at the bit to play live.
Commenting on the track, the singer noted: “‘Stuck’ is about the feeling of replaying embarrassing situations in your mind to the point where you feel overwhelmed with all the voices in your head.
“I spend a lot of the time re-hashing old experiences and often it means I’m a bit spaced out and can’t pay attention to things because I’m so distracted by my own thoughts. I wanted to express that chaos of all those voices running through my head down into a song.”
Meanwhile, Lang also discussed debut LP Chew The Scenery, which arrives on July 16th. “Over the past two years the sound of my music has changed a lot, from bedroom pop to rock,” he admitted. “We recorded the album over a month up in Liverpool. It was a nice break away from the tedious lockdown in the UK as I got to spend a month away with my mates doing what I love. I think you can hear that built-up boredom being released on the record.”
That progression that Lang mentions is evident on the uber-confident track. ‘Stuck’ isn’t reminiscent at all of the middle-of-the-road Gen-Z friendly version of the singer that first appeared on the scene, and this seismic shift has made his music all the better.