“We’re living in a world of sin,” Oscar Jerome intones for the opening line of “Smile On A Screen.” It’s a thoughtful track, jazzy and soulful, with the rising London artist playing guitar, percussion, and providing most of the half-sung, half-rapped vocals. The track unfolds in three parts, with a slow intro, a busier central section, and a powerful spoken word contribution from poet James Massiah towards the end.
“This tune has grown through being played live,” Jerome explains. “It took a while to find its identity when recorded but with a mash-up of mine, Maxwell Owin, and Wu-Lu’s production skills it finally found a life of its own.”
Oscar Jerome’s new EP Where Are Your Branches? is out January 26 and you can catch him live in London on January 31 at Corsica Studios. Tickets here. Listen to “Smile On A Screen” and another EP track, “Subdued,” below.