OSKA Enchants With Indie Soft Pop Break-Up Song “Lousy T-Shirt”
April 30, 2021 BY Nettwerk
Vienna-based indie pop singer and songwriter OSKA returns with new song/video “Lousy T-Shirt,” her first new music since the release of her acclaimed debut EP Honeymoon Phase at the start of the year, and an early taste of what’s to come from her debut full-length album, details TBA. OSKA’s songs are slightly dimmed but never completely sinister as her sensitive singer-songwriter pop immediately casts a spell over her listeners, and “Lousy T-Shirt” is no exception.
“Lousy T-Shirt” was written on a hot summer day last year in the aftermath of a break-up. OSKA says, “It’s about what´s left behind after an experience like that and how the relationship itself doesn´t feel real to you at all anymore. When you look back, it feels more like you´re watching a movie and not like you actually lived it. Sometimes you might also feel like the other person is getting over everything much more easily, and that all that´s left is a t-shirt – a statement from my ex-boyfriend. It’s a very personal song that I wrote at a stage when I was really angry. After writing, it I wasn´t anymore. That´s the beauty of songwriting – you have such joy with the new track that you forget everything else. Sometimes that is what´s left after a relationship too: a lousy t-shirt and a song.“
Growing up in a small village in Lower Austria, OSKA moved to Vienna at 18 to study her first love; music. Born into a family of singers and musicians, she discovered her voice at a young age. In Vienna, she started busking in streets and squares of the capital while also studying pop and jazz singing. She has worked tirelessly drafting and crafting her imminent debut, honing her voice to say exactly what she wants it to. After years in the background supporting and featuring for different artists, OSKA released “Distant Universe” earlier this year, and soon after, signed to Nettwerk and released her debut EP Honeymoon Phase. The five songs on the album have amassed more that 4 million Spotify streams and won her the XA Music Export Award at Waves Vienna Festival 2020.
Praise for Honeymoon Phase:
“A creative spirit influenced by the human experience and relationships and determined to inspire listeners through poetic verse and beautiful melodies alike.” – Atwood
“the track is a deeply personal exploration of her inner thoughts, there is the underlying sense that everyone can relate to OSKA’s melancholic disposition.” – COLLiDE
“the definition of soaring alt-pop” – When The Horn Blows
“moving and often heart-wrenching” – Clout
“warm and enticing” – Mystic Sons