Macabre Americana's June Release Offers Vibrant Single "Oscar"
As our time hosting Macabre Americana’s 2019 releases inches to a close, we’re happy, at least, to give a home to “Oscar,” the band’s June single. A bouncy folk-fusion track, “Oscar” is the story lead vocalist Blake Pfeil wishes he could have woven for a man he met a few years ago.
“Oscar is a real person, an American immigrant, I met mere months before the 2016 Presidential election. He was terrified of the outcome. As an immigrant going through a divorce from an American citizen, he was petrified that he was going to be deported to his homeland where he was persecuted for being gay,” Blake says about the song. “We cried together and I assured him everything was going to be okay. I didn’t know what else to say. I went back to my friend’s apartment and felt starved for joy and wrote this song for him. I always imagine that he’ll hear it someday.”
Like much of Macabre Americana’s work, “Oscar” battles the light and the dark. It’s the kind of song you smack your thighs to and shake your hair to but beyond the bounce and buzz of it lay real turmoil in a political landscape that threatens the safety and happiness of deserving individuals. Led by Blake’s theatrical powerhouse pipes on a base of jazzy brass and sunny retro rhythms, “Oscar” presents as a fantastical, grandiose wish for the vivid, joyous, comfortable life that Oscar, and every person like him, deserves. Belt along with Blake to this one, but keep your ears and eyes open, and your heart wide. Today’s world is not all sunshine.