Listen to O Emperor’s single ‘The Sky Is Your Oyster’ | Review
O Emperor, the self-proclaimed “bunch of dopes” from Waterford, have released the psychedelically tinged ‘The Sky Is Your Oyster’ as the second single from their recent EP Lizard. After the guitar-driven indie rock offering that was the first single, ‘Switchblade’, this second track sees a more experimental approach from the innovative young band.
‘The Sky Is Your Oyster’ is grounded by an infectious bass-line and decorated with airy synthesizers throughout. The drawling vocal delivery, reminiscent of Julian Casablancas on some of The Strokes’ later releases, weaves in and out of the absorbing electronic soundscape. O Emperor have played supporting slots for MGMT and the influence of the American group is apparent, with a kind of ethereal feel to the track. On my first listen I was reminded of The Horrors third album, Skying, which also employs psychedelic influence to great effect, and the critically acclaimed work of Tame Impala. O Emperor have taken all these influences and used them to create ‘The Sky Is Your Oyster’ without losing their own identity in the process.
See also: O Emperor – Lizard EP Review
The group have gone from strength to strength since being dropped by Universal, and if anything, the lack of major label influence has allowed for the development of a distinct sound. If this track, along with the others on Lizard, are anything to go by, O Emperor’s next full-length release could be their finest work yet.
See O Emperor live at the Workman’s Club on May 16th.
Review by Shane Croghan