Oscar Jerome shares new single ‘Sun For Someone’, out via Caroline International

South London jazz-guitar virtuoso Oscar Jerome shares his new single and video for ‘Sun For Someone’, a politically-charged track which offers insight into the antipated album the Norwich-born, Trinity Laban-trained guitarist and vocalist (who also plays in Brownswood afrobeat collective Kokoroko) has been busy working on. ‘Sun For Someone’ is out now via Caroline International, following Jerome’s latest single ‘Lizard Street’ and the ‘Live in Amsterdam’ LP, as well as collaborations on-stage or in the studio with the likes of Shabaka Hutchings, Kamasi Washington and Yussef Dayes. The track premiered on Lauren Laverne’s show, adding to the frequent support from 6 Music, Radio 1 and 1Xtra – along with packed-out tours around the US, UK, Europe and Australia, including his biggest headliner yet at London’s Heaven. 

Critical praise for ‘Sun For Someone’ comes from The Line Of Best Fit and Clash Magazine.



New single ‘Sun for Someone’ and its driving and meticulous instrumentation is delivered just as urgently as the conscientious subject matter demands; asking us to have more perspective in the face of the current climate change crisis, aware of our responsibility but conscious that the universe is far bigger than the human race itself. Oscar says of the track: “The song is about the extinction of the human race and it being a good thing for the planet. Once we are gone the earth will right itself and carry on like it always has. The Sun will keep rising for someone, be it animal or planet. It just won’t run on the watch that we keep for our stubborn and unadaptable lifestyles. We often forget we are just a spec in time.” 

The song, Oscar explains, also takes aim at the tendency for climate change activism to be self-aggrandising and performative: “For the record, I obviously back climate change activism but some people just enjoy the ritual of doing something ‘green’ on a personal level and revel in feeling like they are a better person than someone else for doing it. This is exactly the emotional blackmail that governments use to pacify people and not do anything themselves. It’s too easy to sit in an ivory tower in a country like the UK and observe people suffering in places with more extreme weather from a comfortable distance, to look down on poor people that are doing things that are bad for the environment to survive day to day. We say ‘save the planet’ but we are really just talking about saving ourselves.” 


UPCOMING LIVE DATES
23/04 – Printemps de Bourges Festival, FR
03/05 – Nuits Botaniques, Brussels (Lianne La Havas support), BE
07/05 – Cheltenham Jazz Festival, UK
14/05 – Norwich & Norfolk Festival, UK
23/05 – Greenroom Festival, Yokohama, JP
06/06 – ELBJAZZ, Hamburg, DE
05/07 – Rock Werchter Festival, BE
18/07 – Latitude Festival, UK
31/07 – All Together Now Festival, UK


PRAISE FOR OSCAR JEROME

“Oscar Jerome is amazing. There is absolutely no denying it.” Wonderland
“One of the UK’s brightest songwriting hopes.” The Line Of Best Fit
“A central figure in the London jazz scene.” Complex
“Lush, buoyant melodies.” Observer
“Oscar Jerome makes thoughtful, political, modern jazz.” Notion
“This exponent of London’s thriving jazz scene is living for the moment.” Dummy
“One of the best new guitar players in the UK.” The Guitar Magazine
“Motivated by politics, spirituality and life.” i-D
“He is more than deserving of the accolades he has already amassed and will continue to gain.” London in Stereo
“One of our favorite upcoming artists.” Hypebeast
“The songwriter is a key aspect of the conversation between club culture and jazz in London.” Clash Magazine 

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