Debut 7″ Single, ‘Plateau’
Released 13th May on Trendy Feelings
Ahead of the release of debut 7″ ‘Plateau’ on 13th May, OSLO HOUSE shares the instrumental b-side ‘Kamo River‘, which takes its inspiration from the guitar work of John Fahey and Jim O’Rourke, and features field recordings of water running and children singing on the banks of the river that runs through Kyoto. Listen here.
Oslo House is the new solo project of Philip Serfaty, previously of post-punk outfit Omi Palone. The clichéd, black wings of the albatross known as “creative differences” passed overhead and Serfaty retreated into his bedroom. There, he began writing and recording numbers that resisted the propulsive energy of his previous endeavours, opting instead for more understated and reflective melodies.
This 7” marks his first material output, released on Trendy Feelings, a new label from South London, whose name is a nod to Dalston / New Cross DIY pioneers Desperate Bicycles. ‘Plateau‘ is wandering and soft, recalling the gentler moments of Young Marble Giants, Harumi and White Fence whilst ‘Kamo River’ takes its inspiration from the guitar work of John Fahey and Jim O’Rourke.
Serfaty has put together a pop group for live excursions that summons the jangle of bands like Orange Juice, The Bats and The Weather Prophets, whose frontman Pete Astor has recently enlisted Serfaty to play bass when performing live.
“Sauntering out the starting gates like a pared-back Mac DeMarco, it’s a warm, comforting new guise” – DIY
“A woozy, hazy recline from the first wave of lulling guitars, the track is a withdrawn gem, rolling on for near four-minutes of subdued, submerged guitar pop that hangs in the air like some stifling summer heat” – GoldFlakePaint
“There’s something about it, some sense of longing, keeping me from pulling away. I’m going to play it again, and I reckon you will too.” – Austin Town Hall