The new release finds the London-based electronic duo working with 4x Grammy-winning producer Kevin Killen (Shakira, U2, Tori Amos) to deliver a song of baroque-pop majesty and rising emotional gravity.
Combining radiant, synth-pop soundscapes with lyrical themes that bask in the warmth of those long summer days; “Summer Skies” offers poignant metaphor and evocative imagery as the band dwell on “treading the fine line between despair and hope”.
Recorded at the height of the pandemic, the tracks saw the band working with legendary producer Kevin Killen from separate sides of the Atlantic. Its lush string sections come courtesy of a quartet including Vicky Reid of The Mono LPs on cello, who also composed and arranged. Speaking about the challenges and highs of creating the track, Anderson and St John reflect:
“It was a truly unforgettable experience working with Kevin Killen for many reasons – quite apart from his pedigree working with some of the greats including U2, Kate Bush, Peter Gabriel and Shakira, together we had to confront the challenges of strict Covid lockdowns both in New York and London. Kevin’s network in New York include sophisticated sound technicians who in the end designed a transatlantic setup so that my front room in Woolwich essentially became the live recording booth of his New York studio. This is an example of the spirit of music literally transcending borders and how the spirit of music lives on against all odds.”
Ooberfuse is comprised of songwriter and vocalist Cherrie Anderson and multi-instrumentalist and producer Hal St John. Since their debut, Ooberfuse have received critical acclaim across the music world (Rolling Stone, Music Week, The Guardian) and been endorsed by legendary trailblazers such as Erasure, Boy George and Paul Oakenfold.
From showcasing at The Great Escape to opening for Rudimental in Beijing, Ooberfuse have built an east-to-west reputation for their live performances, with tours to Japan, China, Korea, India, Philippines, Italy, Spain and Portugal. UK radio support has been received from BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens, BBC Radio London’s Sunny and Shay.
New single, “Summer Skies” is the first of 2 contrasting tracks incoming from Ooberfuse, with “Vanish The Night” set to follow in in October. Both tracks are confirmed to appear on the band’s upcoming album release: ‘A State of Emergency’, which will arrive later this Autumn and follows the streaming success of their 2020 EP ‘Tears Can Only Sting’.
Around the release of “Summer Skies”, Ooberfuse will be hitting the road for a series of UK shows, with a residency of gigs at Liverpool’s legendary Cavern Club as part of International Beatle Week 2021. Full dates and details are as follows: