Words: Karl Johnson | Photo: Rory Barnes
From the slushing water beneath the shingle to the solitary coastal walk, everything in Oscar Browne’s video for his debut single ‘Never Quite Right’ echoes tranquillity, solitude and resolution. Fusing a delicate brand of experimental folk and ethereal indie – alongside a yearning and heartfelt vocal delivery – Browne arrives at something very much of his own making.
Cello and flute lick at the edges of a beat-driven sound, hemmed by acoustic guitar – what makes the sound so intriguing is the mix between atmospheric electronics, shuddering drum textures and acoustic instruments. ‘Never Quite Right’ seemingly represents time spent alone, resolving the minds complex pathways and routes to understanding.
“It’s about that feeling of trying to reach for something and it never working out quite as you envisioned it to, not feeling fulfilled by something you expected to find fulfilment in, a feeling only accentuated by the world coming to a halt,” notes Browne.
You may recognise Oscar Browne from playing with acts such as Mellah, Wunderhorse, Dead Pretties and folk collective Broadside Hacks, but on ‘Never Quite Right’ he cuts his own path.