Are you tired of being force fed “summer jams” designed to constantly remind us that we should be sitting surfside with a frosty Corona neath our knuckles? Fortunately for the apathetic beach-goer in all of us, OH!hello has arrived with its sophomore EP RIP TIDES. OH!hello is the bedroom pop project of Portland, OR solo artist Michael Todd Berland.
On RIP TIDES, Berland has crafted a collection of tracks that, on the surface, appear destined for a bonfire near you. Concise, ukulele-driven tunes with immediately accessible melodies. Beneath the EP’s sun-drenched skin resides an angst that is more bummer than summer – and I mean that in the most endearing way possible.
Lead-off track “LAVA POOLS” is as shining an example as any. Here, Berland’s nonchalant delivery is paired with lyrics that evoke vivid images of haunted waves, black sand and white light. Listen to the single below and name your price for a download of RIP TIDES via Bandcamp.
Written by Rob Peoni