Yet your host O-SHiN is a gorgeous young woman accompanied by a few musicians – and co-producers – playing, singing and recording an unusual blend of r&b, jazz and electro.
After two years of experimentations, the Berlin-based, Amsterdam-native artist O-SHiN offers us a first sneak-peek into her universe with her debut track “A Revelation”. Away from the numerous distractions that a city can provide, she was able to carefully weave a first testimony of the world of her mind.
It is always astonishing how thinkers, philosophers and artists can feel free by this kind of exile, and how a low-key lifestyle can actually allow a great profusion of ideas. If you don’t believe me, just try to get your hands on Thoreau’s masterpiece “Walden”.
With her debut single “A Revelation”, O-SHiN carefully weaves a first testimony of the world of her mind.
Musically, the result of this meditation is a far greater attention given to textures than what is to be found in most productions nowadays. In that way, it comes close to the folk singer-songwriter tradition, where the economy of harmonic means is offset by a richer, truer sound.
Yet, O-SHiN’s music is everything but simple and achieves to navigate seamlessly through genres without straying off course. The jazzy upright-sounding bass, oriental percussions and noisy acoustic guitar give a very natural feel to “A Revelation”. Light touches of electro here and there add contrast to the whole, and grant the song with a colder feel, foreshadowing darker pieces (word is out that a first EP might be coming soon).
Here, obscurity is not opposed to light but rather to warmth, as testifies O-SHiN’s cry for help: « Cover me with your warm hands / Draw my fear ». Carried by her juvenile voice, the song is meant to be in itself reassuring, like a warm blanket covering fever and nightmares. No wonder, then, it was recorded in a cosy cabin hugging the edge of a northern forest. Watch some video footages from the recording session below, and you will understand a bit better.