ORACLE SISTERS’ DEBUT ALBUM ‘HYDRANISM’ OUT NOW
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Oracle Sisters’ highly-anticipated debut album Hydranism will be available globally via US indie label 22TWENTY. The Parisian three-piece share a new single and music video for “Hail Mary”, a grandiose track that pulls together mystical, cryptic lyricism with an undeniable earworm chorus, accompanied by a now-to-be-expected stunningly shot video directed by Jade de Brito Lopes. The band will also shortly be heading out on a massive run of UK & EU dates. Full list below.
“This is a lockdown song inspired by the vision of a frustrated kid stuck in a London tower block, seeking absolution spiritually and searching for meaning, catharsis and connection in a surrounding that curbs enthusiasm,” add the band.
At the tail end of 2020, Oracle Sisters decamped to the island of Hydra, Greece to write and record their debut album, ‘Hydranism’. Recorded over the course of two months, the 11-track album reflects a world suspended in time between the future and the past, and embraces larger than life ballads, intimate folk songs and table thumping rousers spun with the silk of poetic reveries.
Having released 2 critically acclaimed EPs in ‘Paris I’ & ‘Paris II’’ in 2020 and 2021 respectively, ‘Hydranism’ has been years in the making. A truly ambitious debut, merging the band’s influences of folk, rock, jazz and blues, Hydranism is set to be one of 2023’s most anticipated albums. Previous singles from the album ‘RBH’ and ‘Hot Summer’ follow on from the release of the band’s sprawling epic of an album opener ‘Tramp Like You’, which was praised by the likes of DORK, DIY, CLASH, The New Cue and more as well as earning widespread global radio airplay from the likes of BBC Radio 6 Music (Cerys Matthews, , Apple Radio (Matt Wilkinson), KCRW (Morning Becomes Eclectic), Belgium’s Radio 1, France’s FIP (where they are album of the month), and college radio across the USA. The band’s music has been used in campaigns by the likes of Ralph Lauren, Michelob, Victoria’s Secret, and Patagonia.
‘Hydranism’ comes soon after the band’s US live debut, which included a sold out New York show, followed by 3 packed SXSW dates. Oracle Sisters will soon return to North America, joining Declan McKenna on his US tour, with Declan personally choosing the band to accompany him on the first leg , before setting off for their own run of headline shows as well.
Oracle Sisters make music that is at once melodic, poetic, and visionary. Working with the lightning speed afforded by the simplicity of a piano and a guitar, they construct complexity through their lyrics which stem from observations of everyday life to the broader planes of symbolism. Their melodies, intertwined with harmony, always strive to uplift and surprise in the spirit of a great pop song coupled with the depth and feeling of a timeless folk song. For Hydranism, Oracle Sisters enlisted an elite collection of talent to help them create their distinct sonic vision, including Grammy Award Winning Mixer Noah Georgeson (Marlon Williams, Cate Le Bon, The Strokes), Maxime Kosinetz (Papooz, Cola Boyy) and Philip Shaw Bova (Andy Shauf, Feist).
Born of an almost forgotten friendship stretching back to their childhood, Lewis Lazar and Christopher Willat stayed in touch after leaving their home in the flatlands of Belgium and scattered between New York and Edinburgh. It was in their early years of playing in rival and ultimately the same bands that their first connection as songwriters developed with Chris on drums and vocals, sometimes picking up the guitar with Lewis to pen an idea between their early shows. Amidst the whirlwind of pursuing their respective careers as underground cabaret singers and promoters, studying mathematics and philosophy, painting on commission, and writing as solo artists, they found their songwriting connection unbreakable and hard to match. When the opportunity was presented to them to move to Paris to help run a friend’s newly opened Cabaret in 2017 called ‘Le Carrousel’ (a stone’s throw away from le Moulin Rouge), they jumped at the opportunity and spent their first year writing songs daily in and amidst a blooming scene of artists in Paris that included Papooz, Polo & Pan, Antonin, Kids Return, l’impératrice, M…and a healthy group of Tarot card readers, Astrologers and soothsayers.
In this atmosphere of songwriting and social serendipity they coined the band name ‘Oracle Sisters’ and soon after met their first sister: Julia Johansen, a Finnish songwriter who had just arrived in Paris, guitar in hand, with a small part in a film and an even smaller suitcase after a few years travelling the world. Although they first welcomed her to be in the band due to her talent in singing harmony and how her voice blended perfectly with theirs…her secret talent on the drums soon became apparent, and thus began the creative adventure and roll of dice that is the ‘Oracle Sisters’.
1. Tramp Like You
2. Hail Mary
4. Hot Summer
5. Cigale Song
6. Peat Fire Morning
7. Ruby On The Run
8. Paris III
9. Sailor Song
10. Lunch And Jazz Chords
11. Modern Love
Oracle Sisters Live Dates 2023
UK & EU Headline Tour:
18 April Yes Basement, Manchester, UK [Sold Out]
19 April Nice n Sleazy, Glasgow, UK
20 April Cumberland Arms, Newcastle, UK
21 April OSLO, London, UK
22 April Record Store Day Showcase, Rough Trade West, London, UK
23 April Bitterzoet/Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands
25 April Café de la Danse, Paris, France
27 April C/o Pop Festival, Cologne, Germany
28 April Molotow Skybar, Hamburg, Germany
29 April Badehaus, Berlin, Germany
2 May Les Nuits Botanique, Brussels, Belgium
Supporting Declan McKenna:
25 May Corona Theatre, Montreal, QC
28 May Empire Live, Albany, NY
30 May The Westcott Theater, Syracuse, NY
31 May Town Ballroom, Buffalo, NY
1 Jun Mr. Smalls Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA
2 Jun Union Transfer, Philadelphia, PA
4 Jun The Wellmont Theater, Montclair, NJ
5 Jun The Anthem, Washington, DC
6 Jun The National, Richmond, VA
8 Jun Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro, NC
9 Jun The Orange Peel, Asheville, NC
11 Jun The Mill & Mine, Knoxville, TN
13 Jun The Beacham, Orlando, FL
14 Jun Jannus Live, St. Petersburg, FL
17 Jun Zydeco, Birmingham, AL
18 Jun The Eastern, Atlanta, GA
19 Jun Mercury Ballroom, Louisville, KY
US Headline Tour:
13 Sep Bar Le Ritz, Montreal, QC
14 Sep Garrison, Toronto, ON
17 Sep DC9, Washington, DC
19 Sep Bowery Ballroom, New York City, NY
22 Sep Turf Club, St. Paul, MN
23 Sep Schubas, Chicago, IL
25 Sep Sunset Tavern, Seattle, WA
28 Sep Popscene/Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco, CA
29 Sep The Roxy Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
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