Here at Beyond the Stage Magazine, we’d be lying if we said we’ve never done anything embarrassing that kept us up at night years later. (Anyone else go through a particularly cringey Myspace emo phase? Just me? Cool cool cool, no doubt, no doubt.)
Luckily, we’re not alone. Written to capture the emotions and complicated feelings that are often attached to the embarrassing situations we replay in our minds, London-based artist Oscar Lang describes his new single, “Stuck” as “the point where you feel overwhelmed with all the voices in your head.”
The single will be on his debut album Chew The Scenery, which comes out July 16 on Dirty Hit.
Produced by Rich Turvey (The Coral, Blossoms), ‘Stuck’ premiered on BBC Radio 1 as an Annie Mac First Play and has a funky, artistic video that is equal parts fresh and nostalgic.
“Often, I’m a bit spaced out and can’t pay attention to things because I’m so distracted by my own thoughts,” Lang says. “I wanted to express that chaos of all those voices running through my head down into a song.”
The new album covers topics such as growing pains, love, romance, friendships and the pitfalls of social media on our collective mental health, a topic that seems to be becoming more and more prevalent.
here we go… debut album ‘Chew The Scenery’ out on the 16th of July x new single ‘stuck’ OUT NOWWWW pic.twitter.com/G3smBzQd1L
— Oscar Lang (@oscarlangmusic) April 13, 2021
With some folks still in quarantine and the pandemic making it hard to go out and do things like we normally would, social media ends up being something a lot of people find comfort in.
Luckily, Oscar Lang was able to channel some of the distress of COVID times into making music.
“Over the past two years the sound of my music has changed a lot, from bedroom pop to rock” Lang explains. “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.”
All in all, 2020 was kind to Lang, who celebrated the release of three EPs, Antidote to Being Bored, Hand Over Your Head and Overthunk.
Check out more of Oscar Lang‘s music on Spotify at the link below.