The talented musician from London caught our attention with his unusual tone and frisky musicality, and his recently released EP is a hopeful nod to the future of jazztronica.
A mixture of electronic, hip-hop, jazz, and soul, Oscar Jerome’s bright EP, “Where Are Your Branches?” shows originality and class with excellent songwriting. His uncommon vocal treatment mixed with his talent in playing the guitar makes for a fine package that pushes envelopes and captures attention no matter what genre the listener is into.
“I wanted to try and comment on the arrogance of our Western culture and certain people’s inability to vide their existence as something much bigger than their own ego. I’m not going to point any fingers, take from it what you will,” said Jerome about the EP’s standout track, “Subdued.”
The jazzy track, “Chromatic Descendants” showcases Jerome’s low tone even more, and we can’t help but compare his voice to Tom Misch, and that’s not a bad thing at all. “This track is like two sides of a coin. On one side is the existence of music as something spiritual and on the other side it is always being connected to past politics and suffering.”
The title EP track is a tasty instrumental that presents Jerome’s skill as a guitarist. “Guitar is where I started in music, and alongside the songwriting, improvisation has always been a way that I like to express myself. I wanted to devote a track to this side of my musicianship.”
If we can use the term “woke” for someone we’ve featured, then this is the perfect time for it. Not only is Oscar Jerome musically and creatively intact, but his viewpoints and song themes point out what’s wrong with the society and makes great art out of it.