Oscar and the Wolf – Belgium’s Addition to the Melancholic Pop Trend

Oscar and the Wolf  are the featured ‘World Tour Thursday‘ Artist, scouted out by the music curation team here at RadioFlag. All ‘World Tour Thursday’ bands and artists are invited to join the RadioFlag community so they can gain optimum and consistent exposure on a Global Stage, via RadioFlag’s social radio platform.  Bands and artists in our community are featured for “Tune You On Tuesday’, as well as other paradigm shifting initiatives that get them heard by Radio DJ’s and Worldwide music hunters. The artists we spotlight for ‘World Tour Thurday‘ are fresh new indie bands and music artists from different places around the world. Previously we featured the state of Alabama, and presently we are spotlighting artists from Belgium.  Additionally, we expose artists on all our peripheral social sites and write blog articles like this one.

In the success of their seemingly oxymoronic endeavor to make music with a catchy discontent, Belgium’s Oscar and the Wolf  join the likes of Lorde, Tove Lo, and Lykke Li in producing a darker, deeper, and gloomier kind of pop. Emotionally-infused with lyrics so true and painfully relatable, there is a risk of feeling contrite and conscience stricken dancing to it. The current trend into pop pessimism complicates classic pop elements, like synthesizers and electronic beats with haunting emotional admissions and a brooding attitude. The result is a exploratory style that doesn’t aim to find contentment in the often oblivious ecstasy and incognizance of predominant pop; electing instead for wholehearted submergence into the sullen shadowy side of the human experience.

Oscar and the Wolf  has gained a following in Belgium, and worldwide since their single “Orange Sky,” released a couple years ago, and more currently with their debut EP titled “Entity” in 2014.

“Entity” maintains the bands signature echo-laden fluidy style, yet dives even deeper into the melancholic musical undercurrents. Led by the vocals of Max Colombie, the album’s narrative is consistent with his shaky subdued voice, which manages to deliver a sense of precarious perplexity with soothing ease . Whispers hiss over layers of synth and piano compositions so dreamy and beautiful, you can’t help but luxuriate in the sadness. “Joaquim” is the perfect track to introduce the album’s synthy sorrow. It takes its time, allowing each overlay to breathe before drowning it with another layer of sound.

“Strange Entity” however is the lead single off “Entity” that is getting all the accolades from music critics for its moody complexion. Hints of guitar and piano peek through heavy drum and sinewy synth sounds to offer hope and beauty to the lost love song, before ghostly fade aways. The band’s Vevo music video, which stimulates the eyes with the same hallucinatory strangeness that the song uses to arrest the ears, has been viewed over a million times on YouTube; but the stripped down live version deserves equally as much play.

And, should you find yourself in an even darker mood, the song and video to “Princes” beckons ears to be embalmed in irrestible solace,  like a warm pool inside a candlelit grotto or the simple splendor of a freshly made bed.

With support from YOU-BEL 106.9, Pure-BEL 88.8 FM, 3Voor12, and De Toots Sessies, Oscar and the Wolf  has been spreading their particular brand of dark pop across Europe. With their growing presence on social media expanding their popularity around the globe, we can all anxiously anticipate the band touring the States eventually. So, start running your ears alongside the hypnotic howls of these savage-pop darklings, and tear into a prime taste of pensive- driven sound,  that is as fresh as it is fleshy.



written by @offtherecord  and edited by @airambrosia

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