The South London artist Oscar Jerome known for his style which is a fusion of soulful strains with contemporary electronica and organic instrumentation, has recently unveiled his new single “Subdued” alongside a brand new official music video directed by Dashti Jahfar and artist Gaurab Thakli.
This new track is lifted up from his second project called Subdued EP which follows his debut EP Oscar’s 2016.
Speaking about this clip sets across the arid Norfolk coastline, and inspired by conceptual photographer Richard Mosse’s infrared work shot in the Congo, Oscar says, “Myself, director Dashti Jahfar and artist Gaurab Thakali went out there over a weekend – we drove and walked for miles and miles, camped over-night on location”.
“The strange look the extreme colours give went well with the message of the song. This faceless character represents a lot of things, but in the simplest sense they personify the misguided, arrogant and ultimately insignificant western human, running themselves into their own destruction”.
The Subdued EP explores Oscar’ own spiritual, personal and ethical beliefs. “I wanted to try and comment on the arrogance of our Western culture and certain people’s inability to view their existence as something much bigger than their own ego. I’m not going to point any fingers, take from it what you will“, he explains.
This incredible EP, with its four-tracks shows Oscar’s deep understanding of music, indeed he alignes his own electronica and hip-hop with the influence of the likes of Gil Scott Heron and Jay Dilla. You can also listen to his great talent as a guitarist after having studying for years jazz guitar at the prestigious Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music.
Due to be released next year on January 26, Oscar will kick off a tour in support of this new project with Songhoy Blues throughout November and December. Watch the music video for “Subdued” below: