BELGIAN ARENA STAR EPONYMOUS NORTH AMERICAN DEBUT EP OUT VIA NEON GOLD RECORDS ON 9.29
Photo credit: Frederik Heyman
“…the fast rising star is now bringing his Europe-dominating dark pop stateside” – Billboard
“Oscar And The Wolf is the biggest in Belgium right now. Fabulous!” – Elton John
“He’s The Weeknd without the nasty aftertaste, Drake without the crying after sex” – DIY
“Imagine if Lana Del Rey and Fever Ray made songs together” – NYLON
“Blends body quaking beats in surprising configurations, trap inflections and darkly melancholic R&B” – Noisey
“What it would sound like if SOHN, Drake and Phoenix had a threesome on a big pile of sequins” – Jezebel
“Add to the list of rule-benders mixing the fringes of modern R&B and electronic music” – Pigeons and Planes
Oscar And The Wolf shares his video for “Runaway” via BULLETT magazine HERE. Max Colombie (= Oscar And The Wolf) worked alongside fashion designers Ann Demeulemeester and Dries van Noten for this iconic video for the single, which is part of his self-titled North American debut EP. The debut on 29th September via Neon Gold Records is a perfect introduction to US audiences for the Belgian arena star, pairing earlier European hits “Strange Entity” and “The Game” with four brand new selections from his forthcoming album Infinity, available in Europe on the same day via Play It Again Sam ([PIAS]).
Max says “everything that you desire can ultimately lead to your destruction. Initially bringing the light of affection and devotion, but settling into a sudden unquenchable craving, resulting to ultimate surrender in chaos. Conflict is what feeds life, so light and dark will always need each other, the unbalance however is a treacherous path.”
The video director Frederik Heyman adds: “Collaborating with Max on “Runaway”, I wanted to visualise the long sequence of a fall, stretched through time, undergoing different graphic stages of destruction, struggle and desire.”
Billboard revealed the single “Runaway” earlier HERE, writing“…the fast rising star is now bringing his Europe-dominating dark pop stateside” ” and asked Max describe his aesthetic style which was answered: “Royal Vampire Porn Director”.
The songs explore Colombie’s psyche from a personal perspective whilst taking influences from his love of film and TV. Produced by Belgian techno wizard One Track Brain, the idea behind the new track “Runaway” is explained: “Everything that you desire can ultimately lead to your destruction. Initially bringing the light of affection and devotion, but settling into a sudden unquenchable craving, resulting to ultimate surrender in chaos. Conflict is what feeds life, so light and dark will always need each other, the unbalance however is a treacherous path.”
At the heart of Oscar And The Wolf lies a dichotomy. Max Colombie chose this evocative stage name because it captures the two sides of his personality and of his music. “I wanted a name that offered the perfect contrast between darkness and light,” he explains. “Oscar is poetic – it represents the side of me that’s a daydreamer. But the wolf is an animal that howls at the moon, so it symbolises the loneliness that’s inside me.”
A rich contrast permeates all Oscar songs, as he explains, “I never want to make songs that are only sad or only happy”. Initially, The Smiths were a significant influence, but now his R&B-flecked electro-pop noir can be inspired by anything from a Calvin Harris banger to a Connan Mockasin psych jam. “I think of my songs as almost like Disney music for adults. They have lots of sexual and over-the-top elements that maybe aren’t suited to children! But I want to break through the social construction of this idea that there’s music you’re “supposed” to make. I don’t believe in this line between alternative and commercial music – even classical pieces are like pop music to me. And I think there’s a real beauty in the EDM sound.”
In the three years since his debut album emerged, Oscar And The Wolf has risen to superstardom in Belgium, selling out 20,000 capacity arenas and headlining last year’s Pukkelpop festival above Rihanna and LCD Soundsystem. He’s also making waves across Europe headlining arenas from Amsterdam to Istanbul as well as major festivals including a penultimate headline slot before Muse at 2016’s Lowlands festival. Surrounded in a sea of flashing pyrotechnics, Oscar And The Wolf always rises to the occasion. Adored by the fashion world he was also commissioned by globally renowned designer Dries Van Noten to create the soundtrack to 2015’s spring/summer collection at his Paris Fashion Week show.
Oscar And The Wolf plays a short run of shows throughout Europe this fall, including two more sold out 20,000+ capacity Sportpaleis headlines in Antwerp in October.
Oscar And The Wolf – Oscar And The Wolf EP – tracklist:
(EP available on request)
1. The Game
2. Strange Entity
Oscar And The Wolf tour dates:
10.12 – Israel, Tel Aviv @ Hangar 11
10.27 – Belgium, Antwerp @ Sportpaleis (SOLD OUT 20k cap)
10.28 – Belgium, Antwerp @ Sportpaleis (SOLD OUT 20k cap)
11.15 – UK, London @ XOYO
11.16 – France, Paris @ YoYo
11.17 – The Netherlands, Amsterdam @ AFAS Live
11.30 – Germany, Cologne @ Kantine
12.01 – Germany, Berlin @ Heimathafen