Combining radiant, synth-pop soundscapes with lyrical themes that bask in the warmth of those long summer days; “Summer Skies” offers poignant metaphor and evocative imagery as the band dwell on “treading the fine line between despair and hope”.
Recorded at the height of the pandemic, the tracks saw the band working with legendary producer Kevin Killen from separate sides of the Atlantic. Its lush string sections come courtesy of a quartet including Vicky Reid of The Mono LPs on cello, who also composed and arranged. Speaking about the challenges and highs of creating the track, Anderson and St John reflect:
“It was a truly unforgettable experience working with Kevin Killen for many reasons – quite apart from his pedigree working with some of the greats including U2, Kate Bush, Peter Gabriel and Shakira, together we had to confront the challenges of strict Covid lockdowns both in New York and London. Kevin’s network in New York include sophisticated sound technicians who in the end designed a transatlantic setup so that my front room in Woolwich essentially became the live recording booth of his New York studio. This is an example of the spirit of music literally transcending borders and how the spirit of music lives on against all odds.”
Ooberfuse is comprised of songwriter and vocalist Cherrie Anderson and multi-instrumentalist and producer Hal St John. Since their debut, Ooberfuse have received critical acclaim across the music world (Rolling Stone, Music Week, The Guardian) and been endorsed by legendary trailblazers such as Erasure, Boy George and Paul Oakenfold.