July 19, 2023
Words by: Nathan Reece
Debut EP ‘Back to Nothing‘ out 28th July via Fascination Records.
Fascination Street Records is a new label championing new music founded by acclaimed producer Ali Chant (Yard Act, Perfume Genius, Aldous Harding, Katy J Pearson) in partnership with Bristol’s Factory Studios.
Bristol born dream-pop outfit Oslo Twins have released the title track from their upcoming debut EP ‘Back To Nothing’. The new EP will be released on 12″ vinyl and digitally 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.
New single and EP title track “Back To Nothing” is lyrically suggestive of romantic loss, yet its steady rhythm and bright legato synths evoke a sense of calm acceptance. The violin courtesy of Tom Connolly (Quade) adds a melancholic folk depth, before the song arrives as its rich, euphoric climax. “I wouldn’t say it was about longing, but the stage after,” says Eric. “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.”
Led by songwriters Claudia Vulliamy and Eric Davies, completed by Ed Lyness (keys), Will Snelling (bass/guitar) and Luke Brown (drums), over the past 18 months Oslo Twins have taken the London and Bristol live music scenes by storm, supporting acts such as Blondshell, The Comet Is Coming, The Last Dinner Party, Folly Group, English Teacher, Do Nothing and Honeyglaze.
The band’s upcoming ‘Back To Nothing’ EP includes previously released singles “Breath” and “Miss Yesterday”, both receiving notable support from BBC 6 Music, So Young Magazine, The Independent, DIY Magazine, Rough Trade, The Line Of Best Fit, amongst others.
Recruiting the likes of Harry Furniss from Bingo Fury (cornet) and Tom Connolly (violin) of the band Quade to contribute to the recordings, the ‘Back To Nothing’ EP showcases Oslo Twins’ distinctive 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‘ debut EP ‘Back To Nothing’ is out 28th July via Fascination Street Records. New single and title track “Back to Nothing” is out now.
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