When listeners were first introduced to the stylings of Sydney producer and musicianOh My My earlier this year, they got a hit of dark and sultry electronica with ‘Animal House’; now, we see him go one step further, switching lanes for a brighter, more earnest soundscape with new single ‘WOE, MY HEART’.
Employing delicately placed piano in amongst thudding beats elevates the song to being more than just a crystal cut banger, Oh My My delves deeper in pulling on the heartstrings as it explores themes of loneliness and heartache. Though vocal echoes and ambience adds space, the pace of the percussion anchors ‘Woe, My Heart’ and as the song enters its final minute, a sense of anxiety builds.
As Oh My My (Sam Thomlinson) explains, the idea is to represent being caught up in one’s own feelings. “‘Woe, My Heart’ was written for a good friend who was going through a pretty tough off and on relationship/break up. It’s mostly about heartbreak, but also how someone can knowingly continue to hurt someone they claim to care about, just to appease their own loneliness. Musically this song is all about the piano and vocal. I tried not to sully those parts with too much embellishment. There are moments where I’m really trying to show the heartbreak in the lyrics with disjointed chord changes; other times I’ve tried to use ambient whispering and talking to reflect the feeling of being locked in your own thoughts.”
“The hypnotic track is irresistibly body-moving but has a unique quality to the main vocal…Brooding, eerie and melodically surprising, it’s a tune that Nine Inch Nails should dig.”
Music Feeds (‘Animal House’)
“It’s partly jarring and throws you off balance but that’s also its appeal. And it has some solid rhythms to keep it accessible.” Triple J, Declan Byrne (Home & Hosed, ‘Animal House’)
“Built on the ideas of lust and its often dark and animalistic side wreaking havoc on personal emotions, “Animal House” is like a dance track made for the late night dance floor.”
The AU review (‘Animal House’)
“Damn, did not expect this to go in that direction. Kinda threw me on that one hahaha…”
The Aston Shuffle
“Oh, wow, this is something else. It’s addictive and it completely draws you in. I feel like this goes beyond me, beyond us. I love the concept and the different place this explores”
Triple J Unearthed Claire Mooney
After making an impressive debut earlier in the year, Oh My My shows his versatility with this latest release – a versatility that translates just as well in the live arena. Already a seasoned and established performer in rock circles as a part of Sydney quintet Bad Pony, Thomlinson has been in the spotlight with one of the east coast’s most exciting indie rock groups for much of this year. “I knew Sydney indies Bad Pony were good live, I just didn’t know they were THAT good live. …I made full use of The Aussie BBQ’s relaxed Backyard to take in their urgent, unabashed sound and infectious energy.” The AU Review His step out into solo territory as Oh My My introduces a different element of his musicality to music fans, proving a deft talent for songwriting and production in a totally different sonic field. Thomlinson-as-Oh My My is a totally different beast in this mode. Sydney is up first this September with an unmissable live show for So Far Sounds, but stay tuned for more Oh My My dates to be announced soon.
OH MY MY ‘WOE, MY HEART’ SHOWS
Saturday September 1st So Far SoundsSydney
‘Woe My Heart’ will be released Friday 17th August