Scottish Indie Trio OK Button Deliver A Dark, Dreamy Missive on "The Message"
There’s almost too much talent going on when you match dreamy songstress Amber Wilson, jack-of-all-trades Nass Donald, and power percussionist Adam Falkner, but when they merge their musical prowess to become OK Button, the Scottish indie trio stuns.
Last month, the group dropped their debut single, “The Message,” a swirling dark-pop anthem less at home on your local radio station and more comfortable, perhaps, resounding in the galaxy, touched by stars and falling softly into the darkness.
“‘The Message’ can at first seem like your standard song about love or friendship woes, but underneath, it’s also about anxiety and overcoming low self-esteem,” OK Button told The Music Mermaid. “It’s about trying too hard, feeling hopeless but then feeling liberated when you realize not everyone has to like you or want to be your friend. It’s okay. Anxiety and low self-esteem are motherfuckers. This song is a mantra.“
The track opens with ghostly vocal echoes before the breathy wisp of Amber’s voice comes in, drifting among a minimalist arrangement of percussive shimmers and synth swells. When the hook hits, it’s the dreamiest threat you’ll ever hear — “you motherfuckers won’t bring me down.” For three minutes, shadowy melodies and jangling dissonance collide, a strange smack of chilling electronic treatment that shouldn’t work but does, so spellbinding in its tension-riddled slow-burn.