OSKA, the stage name of the Austrian singer-songwriter Maria Burger, is thinking of what gets left behind and what lies ahead. Her debut album My world, My love, Paris lifts from a variety of inspirations including but not limited to Edith Piaf, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Woodstock. However, OSKA also finds material within her own family and the collectiveness of the world she inhabits. These three sources of inspiration—the referential, the personal and the collective—represent a major theme for the album and this period of OSKA’s life: legacy.
OSKA grew up as one of eight children, landing in the middle. Always musical (her mother is also a musician!), OSKA was exposed to a wide spectrum of musicality from a young age, teaching herself guitar early on and finding joy in various music genres and artists from pop singers like Sara Bareilles to Irish traditional music. At eighteen, the artist decided to move from their small town to Vienna to study music. There, she signed to a record label and released her debut EP, Honeymoon Phase to critical acclaim.
Now twenty-four, OSKA’s debut album reflects on her growing up and coming of age as the world and her future become increasingly uncertain. Within the album, she contemplates her future and what is left behind. In a press release statement, the singer reflects on the album’s own temporality and its legacy, stating, “I’m realizing more and more that this album does not have to be perfect or everything I‘ve ever dreamed it would be. It’s like a photograph, something to look back on, something that brought me a lot of joy and songs that helped me through a lot of sad times.”
In the present, My world, My love, Paris is a deftly and beautifully written and performed collection and it is sure to last. If one thing about the future is certain, OSKA is destined for stardom.
Alongside the release of My world, My love, Paris, a music video for the title song was dropped. Watch below.
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