Oscar Lang – 21st Century Hobby

True to their name, the Dirty Hit label produced quite some (dirty) hits already. Itโ€™s home to successful artists likeย The 1975,ย Pale Waves,ย beabadoobee,ย Wolf Alice, Marika Hackman and London based artist/multi-instrumentalist Oscar Lang. All of them featured on Carte Blanche Music before.

Lang, particularly, is a prolific artist. And astonishingly, all of his output has the same high quality. In only four yearsโ€™ time, he released numerous EPโ€™s and a full-length album. He just announced his next long-player Chew The Scenery, due out on 16 July.

Following Stuck and Are You Happy?, 21st Century Hobby is the albumโ€™s third single. A strumming song with fuzzy guitars; upbeat and catchy, despite its touches of psychedelia. A perfect radio song in my ears.

As is so often the case recently, thereโ€™s a more gloomy message behind the uplifting instrumentation. โ€œ21st Century Hobbyโ€™ is a tune based on the idea of societyโ€™s obsession with sharing your life online and comparing yourself to other peopleโ€, Lang says in a press release. โ€œThere was one point where I was spending 13 hours a week on social media, which equated to about a month every year. That was a really dark time for me โ€“ I always thought that it would never affect me, but it took some time to realise that it was subconsciously affecting my mental health.โ€

The main strength of this song is the fact it never tries too hard to get the message across. Youโ€™ll find yourself humming and singing along without being aware of it. In the end, itโ€™s up to you to take action or not. If youโ€™re completely happy with your โ€˜21st century hobbyโ€™, good for you!

Recommended as well:
Oscar Lang – Get Out
Oscar Lang – Apple Juice

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