Multi-instrumentalist and producer Oskar Thomas effortlessly blends genres and styles on his intriguing debut, Garden.
Sounding unique but still natural can be a difficult manoeuvre in the songwriting world. But, for Oskar Thomas, there’s no other way forward.
The end result is a culmination of musical ideas, which Thomas arranges to create an intensely engaging listening experience. This fruition is clear in the debut single, Garden.
The single kicks off with a mystic acoustic line. It’s played on a guitar without a D string, already signalling Thomas’s tendency to get experimental. Next up are some distorted vocals trailing above the soundscape, creating tension and anticipation for the melody.
Then, the reverbed melody cuts through: “Sometimes you have to leave space for new things”, the artist sings.
Drum samples and 808s join him, plunging the soundscape into a bold mix of R&B, trap, and acoustic. Thomas’s vocals are well served to the R&B genre, with its booming presence and velvety undertones.
With all this distinctive groundwork laid, the artist serves up a remarkably on-trend flavour while still being true to himself and his varying influences.
Thomas recognises this on the single, with the ‘garden’ serving as a metaphor for his creative process. The more attention that is given to the project, the more it blooms. “this is the freedom to grow exponentially”.
Listen to Garden below: