I wish, I’d been a part of the decision-making and brainstorming prior to this album being released, and that my name would be associated with this brilliant idea. Prepare yourself for something you hadn’t expected, and that you didn’t know you were longing for.
We don’t know much about Outdoor Fun, but back in June, this year, they released their first single from this album – a single called ‘I Did It For You’. Our writer, Bobby McBride, called it the song of the summer, and we’ve been eagerly awaiting this debut album ever since, just waiting for it to land in our inbox. And now it’s here; 36 minutes of music divided into 15 (!) tracks, and it fucking works.
Today, you rarely see an album containing 15 tracks. Releasing ambitious singles and 4-tracked EP’s every half year seems more like the current trend. And don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with that, but Jacob Høgsberg, Esben Korsgaard, and everyone else being a part of this album, have gone in a different direction, and it’s a bit of a relief receiving a FULL-LENGTH album.
On Oysters & Nightingales, you get proper Lo-Fi rock, served in a punk format and spiced with 90’s Brit rock, in an elegant and thought out way. It’s fast, you can scream along, and you never really got that feeling, that you’re full. It feels really good to press play on this album, and I gotta admit, that’s everything I’d hoped it would be, but not as I thought it would be. This genre hybrid is simply a stroke of genius.
It’s really impressive for such an “unknown” band to release such a solid piece as this one. The common thread is obvious; there’s something that needs to be screamed, and we should all scream along, and it’s severed in a way that makes it easier for us all to be a part of it. Without making it too easy, obviously. The guitar is slightly noisy, that drums are catchy and the vocals just work – and these guys really knows how to put together a song, I must say. There’s no room for things that aren’t necessary; it’s just full on from the start to the beginning.
The only song that sticks out is the before mentioned summer-banger, ‘I Did It For You’. It gives a big-picture-vibe, in some way. It’s by far the longest of the 15 songs on the album, and in some way, you could call it the best one. I’d prefer not to, though, as Oysters & Nightingales must be seen as a whole, and ‘I Did It For You’ is the perfect ending to it. Well done, guys!
’Oysters & Nightingales’, the debut album from Outdoor Fun, will be released August 19, 2016. Stay tuned for a premiere this coming week.
A surprisingly well thought out debut of a genre hybrid from Outdoor Fun. It's Lo-Fi and Brit rock wrapped in a Punk format. We're in for a treat with this one. (5.5/6)