oso oso's basking in the glow out today! AND it was named Best New Music on Pitchfork!
So much of life it feels like you’re searching for the light at the end of the tunnel, and now that oso oso’s basking in the glow is out, you’ve got a guided tour.
Jade Lilitri has long been known to write about the lowest of the lows, with past releases Real Stories of True People Who Kind of Looked Like Monsters and the yunahon mixtape dredging through anecdotes of distrust, missteps, and the hunger for something more. But with this new album, Lilitri has found a glimpse of the warmth, and even if it’s momentary, he’s clutching it with a new-found strength.
Named Pitchfork’s “Best New Music,” basking in the glow is a wrestle, and it is hard work; it's the sound of refusing to capitulate to darkness, every goddamn day. It is a practice, or perhaps a battle plan (“I see my demise, I feel it coming / I got one sick plan to save me from it,” Lilitri sings, his voice and hurried guitar crackling.) It is filled with the delightful, subtle melodic imagination that characterizes the sound Lilitri has perfected with oso oso, but this time, he’s put this sound to use declaring happiness.
The first two singles, “dig II” and “impossible game,” gave a taste of the more glass-half-full oso, but nothing compares to the way the album sounds played front to back. An undeniable electricity is wired throughout the title track and already fan-favorite “a morning song,” and even the sleepier and more contemplative minutes of “intro” & “one sick plan” buzz with an intentionally bedroom-tape-recorded-message vibe.
oso oso is blazing a path, one that doesn’t follow a strictly set formula, but instead embraces the experimental. Often compared to other genre-expanding groups like Jimmy Eat World and Death Cab For Cutie, it’s the purity and clarity of Lilitri’s vocals that narrate tales of fleeting ecstasy that make the moments of discouragement peppered throughout the album pale in comparison to the explosion of hope that shines from its core; a sonic embodiment of a day spent in the just-right sunshine with people that make you want to be the best version of you that you possibly could.
To put it simple: basking in the glow is an empowering reminder that even if the light at the end of that tunnel may flicker, it never goes out.
written by Olivia Keasling
edited by Jamie Coletta
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