Episode 27: OSKA: Lush Instrumentation & Pulsating Grooves
Today on the podcast we are featuring the Vienna-based artist OSKA. Learn more about her and listen to her track “My World, My Love, Paris.”
Show Notes and Full Show Transcript
Hey everyone welcome to the Eat Sleep Breathe Music podcast. I am your host Jeanette Kimszal. For those of you just joining us, this is the podcast where I talk about different musicians how their music affects me and then play a track for you to listen to.
So you can check it out and form your own opinion.
I’ve been trying to be more consistent with my podcast postings but I’ve been swamped the last couple of weeks with my job and was unable to get an episode out.
I do need to find to make time for this because I feel it is a cathartic experience. Music is so powerful and it provides such a great stress reliever.
I also enjoy sharing the artists and their music. So enough about me and my poor time management skills (laughing).
Today I am here today talking about the Vienna-based artist OSKA.
OSKA is the moniker for the Austrian-born singer/songwriter Maria Burger.
Maria, the youngest of 8 grew up in a home where music filled all of its rooms. She heard the sounds of guitar, Irish music, and ballets. Both her parents and siblings were vocalists and learned to play various instruments.
She too was taken with music’s charm and learned guitar at an early age. She started writing songs at the age of 12. She would often race home from school to write songs taking influences from various genres of music.
At age of 18, she moved to Vienna to pursue music under the stage name OSKA. This name comes from her brother whose name is Oskar.
During her time in Vienna, she proved her musical talents and started gaining accolades with her 2020 debut EP release “Honeymoon Phase.”
This album touched on themes including love, heartbreak, climate change, and family.
It was also quite well received with praise from outlets Mystic Sons, Clout, When The Horn Blows, Culture Collide, Atwood Magazine, and Under the Radar just to name a few.
They called her music “creative…,” “moving…,” “warm…enticing,” “…and often heart-wrenching.”
Reading these reviews I was intrigued to hear her music.
I was lucky enough to get a copy of the debut album “My world, My love, Paris” which is available February 25th and will be out by the time this podcast is posted.
With just a few notes I was instantly taken with her heartfelt melodies. There is something very intriguing with her music that makes you like a magnet to the music.
Along with Burger on guitar, the song features striking keys and guitar that pair effortlessly with soul-stirring violin, viola, and cello melodies for a warming feel.
This lush instrumentation is courtesy of musicians Julia Pichler and Emily Stewart on violin, Mihoko Ikezawa on viola, Hans Wagner on cello, Clemens Baere on guitar, and Michi Stark on keyboard.
Please forgive me if I have butchered anyone’s name.
This combination of instruments and melodies offers a groove that is sorrowful yet also upbeat and appealing.
Her poetic lyrics weave a story that flows along seamlessly with the song’s melodies. As a songwriter, she makes a vivid account for the listener giving the song a deeper meaning while also keeping their attention with a pulsating and entrancing beat.
She came up with the idea for this track near the start of the pandemic. tells a story of a couple who board a boat as the world comes to an end. As they sail away, they ask each other, “Could we have made more of our lives?” It’s a spiritual cousin to a song by one of Maria’s major inspirations, Edith Piaf, who sang, “Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien (“No, I do not regret anything”).
It was written as her way to try to make sense of getting older in an increasingly uncertain era.
And that makes it really relatable to the listener. People who are struggling with similar issues will definitely feel solace in her music.
She has created something very special. Although she is considered an indie rock musician. I feel that her music has a wide appeal and it can engage with a lot of different audiences.
Just because of the storytelling, she has and all of the really great musical talent she has. It’s a nice combination of music and lyrics to create an awesome package of sound.
But enough of what I think. Now I’m going to give you the chance to listen to the track “My world, My love, Paris.”
For more information on OSKA check out her official website, www.goodoldoska.com. That is G-o-o-d-O-l-d-O-s-k-a.com. You can also like and follow her on Facebook and Instagram at the handle GoodOldOska. That is G-o-o-d-O-l-d-O-s-k-a.
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Thanks for listening. See you in the next episode!
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