Oscar Scheller is the latest London singer songwriter to catch both my ear and my eye. He first self-released a track entitled 'Never Told You' back in 2013 that caught the attention of several music websites at the time, but has seemingly since disappeared from the web since then. However, I never found his work until I received a newsletter from Norman Records that described his sound as "if Morrissey had ever gone outside in his life", and an endorsement like that meant that I had to listen.
Simply going by the mononym Oscar, he's an art school graduate who is classically trained but unable to read music, and the first track I heard, 'Beautiful Words', twins a very English attitude with sounds from warmer, more optimistic climates.
His press release states that "music became his coping mechanism for the sad things that have happened in his life, a way to shake off despondency, lending all his music its bittersweet mood." Whilst that sounds like your typical record label spiel, in the case of the 'Daffodil Days' video, below, it seems rather astute.
Oscar's music is romantic and melancholic in equal measures, but its feel good nature means it's a greater treat than any of your current singer songwriters who have achieved mainstream radio play.
The Beautiful Words EP & Daffodil Days are both out now via Wichita Recordings.