Oscar Jerome shares single ‘Joy Is You’, debut LP ‘Breathe Deep’ out Aug 14 via Caroline

South London-based guitarist and vocalist Oscar Jerome is today sharing the latest single, ‘Joy Is You’, from his incoming, highly-anticipated debut album ‘Breathe Deep’, due for release August 14th via Caroline International. The poignant, stripped-back ‘Joy Is You’ arrives off the back of the recent singles ‘Sun For Someone’ (featuring Joe Armon-Jones and playlisted by 6 Music), ‘Your Saint’ (feat Brother Portrait’) and ‘Give Back What U Stole From Me’. In support of the new album, Oscar recently announced a UK/European tour this November, including a stop at London’s Electric Brixton on Nov 25th.

A more pared-back offering than we’ve heard on previous cuts, the record’s heartfelt closing song ‘Joy Is You’, out today, is foregrounded by crisp, jazzy acoustic guitars and Oscar’s vocals at their most pensive and soothing. The Norwich-born artist – who also plays in Brownswood-signed Afrobeat group Kokoroko – says of the song: “‘Joy Is You’ has been with me for many years. I’ve recorded it on salt marshes, beaches, lakes and multiple studios – in many ways that was more therapeutic for me than for the world to hear though. I wrote it celebrating the birth of my nephew. It pays homage to my family in general, past, present and future. With the loss of the older generation comes the birth of a new: “…the past looks through the window and rejoices in the blood flow”. Maybe some of the other recordings will surface one day.”

Watch the video for ‘Joy Is You’ below.

A staple of the capital’s burgeoning jazz scene – previously collaborating with everyone from Shabaka Hutchings to Moses Boyd and Yussef Dayes – the ‘Breathe Deep’ LP sees Oscar bring in an army of collaborators that he says have been an integral part of his journey so far. Other guests include friends in Ezra Collective, Sons of Kemet and Maisha, as well as the critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Lianne La Havas. The record arrives off the back of a fast-growing catalogue that’s seen the Norwich-born guitarist and vocalist pick up frequent support and playlisting from the likes of 6 Music, Radio 1 and 1Xtra and embark on packed-out tours around the US, UK, Europe and Australia (including a tour with American jazz maestro Kamasi Washington and his biggest headliner to date at London’s Heaven). 

Talking about his debut album, Oscar says: “‘Breathe Deep’ is a pretty broad presentation of who I am musically and my journey to get to this point. On a personal level, it’s a reflection of the effort put in during that path of self-bettering, both emotionally and in life more broadly. It’s about preparing oneself for failure and growing from that. Taking a moment to step back and see where things are going and where one has been. It also addresses the resilience of people, which is reflected in the more political moments on the album. The world is a messed up place but people still find ways of preparing themselves for it.” 

Oct 9 – Gent, BE – Balzaal at Vooruit
Oct 27 – Brighton, UK – Patterns
Oct 29 – Oslo, NO – Krøsset
Oct 31 – Copenhagen, DK – Ideal Bar
Nov 2 – Cologne, DE – JAKI
Nov 3 – Hamburg, DE – Nachtasyl
Nov 5 – Berlin, DE – Musik & Frieden
Nov 7 – Warsaw, PL – Hydrozagadka
Nov 9 – Vienna, AT – Porgy & Bess
Nov 10 – Luzern, CH – Schüür
Nov 11 – Munich, DE – Strom
Nov 13 – Paris, FR – La Maroquinerie
Nov 16 – Birmingham, UK – Mama Roux’s
Nov 17 – Leeds, UK – Belgrave
Nov 18 – Manchester, UK – Gorilla
Nov 20 – Glasgow, UK – Drygate
Nov 21 – Newcastle, UK – St Doms Social Club
Nov 22 – Bristol, UK – Fleece
Nov 23 – Norwich, UK – Norwich Arts Centre
Nov 25 – London, UK – Electric Brixton


“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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