Osca – Blood

There are people nowadays who immediately turn up their noses if you mention Coldplay. Since at least two albums, we are part of that group too (Viva La Vida still is a guilty pleasure) and we feel a little betrayed by such a great songwriter who is (was?) Chris Martin. That’s because we’re really big fans of the early-Coldplay, those able to hit you straight to the heart and take listeners to their highest emotional peaks.

A skill that today we recognize to London-based quartet Osca and to their captivating new single Blood. Previously heard as a demo on Zane Lowe’s BBC broadcast, the finished version starts like a soulful piano ballad and then grows in intensity, becoming a choral piece of alt-pop with even a falsetto’s exploit. It wouldn’t be out of place equally in Coldplay’s A Rush Of Blood To The Head, Spoon’s Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga or Stateless’ 2007 exticing debut. Everyone should agree about the grestness of songs like this, which combine an incredible songwriting talent with catchiness.

Blood is about “feeling in limbo and holding-on in hope of reassurance“, as explains frontman Jack Kenworthy. But with such single, Osca don’t surely need any reassurance.

Blood is the first excerpt from Osca’s debut EP, which will be out later this year through Duly Noted Records.