With a recipe that mixes the angular mannerisms of Interpol with the frank vocal delivery of Maximo Park, Kane Strang’s latest single ‘Oh So You’re Off I See’ ticks all the boxes for a contrasting cult hit.
Straight away, the track launches into a rambling, busy setup, with nostalgia-drenched descending guitars growling threateningly in the background. It’s the clean, yet furious tone of the guitars that really brings this fury. They sound like they’re being played with real angst.
There’s undoubtedly teenage disillusionment here, and the flippancy of the vocal delivery gives the song a jaded edge, but it still pounds along with obsessive conviction. The vocals are bolstered by oddly sinister harmonies, which atop the relatively cheery instrumental, has an intoxicating effect.
Sometimes the lyrics can be a little lost in the arrangement, but this actually works to the track’s advantage, as the more unusual lines, such as childish references to ‘toy cars’ and ‘chocolate bars’, stand out all the more, adding to the charm.
Don’t be fooled by the laid-back colloquialism of the title, ‘Oh So You’re Off I See’ is packed tightly with sharp hypnotic grooves, intertwining snarling vocals and enough character to populate a short novel.