Bristol dream-pop outfit Oslo Twins have released new single ‘Back To Nothing,’ the title track from their debut EP which is set for release on 28th July via Fascination Street Records, a new label founded by producer Ali Chant (Yard Act, Perfume Genius, Aldous Harding, Katy J Pearson) in partnership with Bristol’s Factory Studios.
The band’s upcoming debut EP Back To Nothing is subtly influenced by dance, industrial and lo-fi music of the 80s and 90s, adorned with distinctive, hooky pop melodies, all connected by a sense of distance and the tension between unity and isolation. The title track is a glorious lo-fi feast which avoids melancholy even though lyrically it hints at a romantic loss, yet its steady rhythm and bright legato synths evoke a sense of calm acceptance. Oslo Twins are led by songwriters Claudia Vulliamy and Eric Davies and completed by Ed Lyness (keys), Will Snelling (bass/guitar) and Luke Brown (drums).
Eric shares the track:
“I wouldn’t say it was about longing, but the stage after. I wrote the lyrics by the River Avon in Bristol on a warm evening. It’s a melancholic, reflective song.”
Speaking more on its inspiration, vocalist Claudia said:
“Sometimes you know that something is coming to an end, but you’re not quite there yet – you’re in the mournful, wistful transition period. There’s a sense of steady movement in both the lyrics and the music, but it’s ambiguous whether it represents progress or surrender.”
For the EP Oslo Twins recruited Harry Furniss from Bingo Fury (cornet) and Tom Connolly (violin) of the band Quade to contribute to the recordings. Thus the EP has an amalgamation of sounds; organ, fiddle and vibraphone all complimenting ethereal and danceable synths and Claudia Vulliamy’s vocals which move seamlessly between the delicate and intimate and intense and powerful.
“We wrote all these tracks in lockdown, confined to our bedrooms and wanting to be anywhere but there,” says Eric.
Oslo Twins Live Dates
July 16th Harbourside Fest, Bristol
17-20th – Green Man Festival, Wales
21st – The Louisiana, Bristol (supporting THUS LOVE)
2nd – Manchester Psych Fest, Manchester
20th- They’re Gonna Be Big (Supersonic), Paris (France)
30th – Thekla, Bristol (supporting Blondshell)