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Thursday 17 September 2020

Murder: Brighton-Based Alt-Pop Newcomer Pens Harrowing Snapshot From Her Past

Brighton-based singer-songwriter Oz's debut track Money immediately established the newcomer as a beguiling alt-pop talent. 

In contrast to the headstrong Money, the new single, Murder, is more reflective as it uncompromisingly examines a snapshot from her past. 

It tackles a relationship which was characterised by an uncomfortable imbalance of power. He was a little older and a lot cooler, but also an aggressive drunk.
 
"It's a song about the moment it really hits you that someone's trash and they're bad for you," says Oz. 

"But I learned a lot about myself from writing the song, because I got through it and I was tough. I point blank refuse to take shit from anyone any more." 


Murder is released alongside a visual, which was made up from stock footage on the internet "to have the feel of a broken romance meets spaghetti western," explains OZ.

Oz's strong identity is born from an equally fascinating backstory. 

She was raised in Soho, then a wilder mix of the seedy and the bohemian rather than the post-gentrified blandness we see today. 

Her family ran a pizzeria favoured by those in the know: the actors, gangsters, drag queens and sex workers who gave the area its own unique identity.
 
Just like them, Oz soon had a story to tell. 

As for her choice to record as Oz? 
 
"The part of me that's Oz is my weirder, more left side," she explains. 

"Oz has always been the nutter. She's my protection but she's also my freedom — freedom to laugh with my mates in the street at 3am with Red Stripe, wear leather, do crazy 70s makeup, do whatever I like. 

"Oz is the part of me who's never afraid to be exactly who she wants to be."

To listen to Oz's new single 'Murder' CLICK HERE.

by: Mike Cobley




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