“I never know it’s good, I know it’s no one’s fault, the world is in a bad room…”
With words that linger, Oly Sherman delivers a song that showcases the Sydney artist at his soulful best, ‘The World Is In A Bad Room’. The new single from Sherman is striking in its understated form, with focus centred on the songwriter’s lyricism and vocal delivery.
Due for release this October, Oly Sherman’s new single is the latest in a string of impactful releases, proving that 2020 hasn’t stopped him from producing some of his most engaging material to date.
‘The World Is In A Bad Room’ stirs from the onset; Sherman’s rich vocals are heavy with depth and soulful edge. Akin to ‘Resolution’-era Matt Corby, the single is a rumination on the current state of the world and Sherman’s navigation through not only this warped climate we’re living in, but his own personal struggles. “A mixed mindset between the torn up world we’re trying to get through, and my own mind. The song basically encapsulates our decisions when weighed up with friends, relationships and social media.” Oly Sherman
And while themes of confusion, unrest and indecision may have found their way into the song’s lyrics, the composition of ‘The World Is In A Bad Room’ proved to be a more definitive process. Recorded at Sherman’s home studio and also at Kiln Studios in St Peters, ‘The World Is In A Bad Room’ saw Sherman work with frequent collaborator Daniel Natoli once more on mixing.
Thinking ahead to his return to live performances with a hopeful easing of restrictions in time, Sherman crafted ‘The World Is In A Bad Room’ and previously released singles ‘Homeboy’ and ‘Madness’ with his dynamic shows in mind. “I wanted to create something with a consistent groove, and [that] allows the band and I to play freely live. The recording process was really quick, with the chord structure and vocals taking only a day to lay down. I just fiddled with the tune for the next month until I arrived at something I was super, super happy with.” Oly Sherman
2019 and pre-pandemic 2020 proved to be one of Sherman’s strongest and successful career periods to date. The release of his sophomore EP Three Oh Three further propelled the artist onto the national radar, performing extensively around the country including spots at the Newtown Festival, Sydney Beer Festival and in support of artists including Slum Sociable, Kim Churchill and New Zealand’s Louis Baker. January 2020 also saw Sherman take his music international, bringing his soulful sounds to Japan for the first time, playing 11 shows before returning to Australia to perform as part of fundraising efforts for Bushfire Relief.
This month, Sherman returns to the stage in Sydney, with two SOLD OUT shows at the beloved venue The Vanguard scheduled for October 23.
“Oly’s relaxed songwriting sounds more deluxe than ever with this night-strutting groove.”
Triple J Unearthed, Dave Ruby Howe
“…lush, textured and dream-like…”
“A folk sensation echoing the dreamy work of Matt Corby, Boy & Bear and Josh Pyke.”
OLY SHERMAN LIVE DATES
‘The World Is In A Bad Room’ is out now.
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