EP Review: Oracle Sisters – Paris I

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Photo by Alina Chérubin

In the lead up to the release of their highly sought-after debut EP Paris I, Oracle Sisters, featuring Lewis Lazar, Christopher Willatt and Julia Johansen, have unleashed a consistently impressive stream of singles — each inviting listeners to escape the tedious and unimaginative nature of life as we know it.

Paris I, shared via New York label 22TWENTY, is the first of two EPs — with the second, titled Paris II, set to be unveiled later this year. The titles for both EPs were inspired by photographs from the Paris World Fair of 1900.

Part of the magic behind the Paris-based trio and the sounds that they conjure up is the creative sources outside of music that inspires them — whether it’s photography, art, cinema, philosophy, or whatever else they find themselves drawn too. They know how to take in the world around them and turn it into something truly special. When you press play on an Oracle Sisters song, you can feel these various influences deeply. 

Paris I is home to familiar numbers such as the EP’s opener ‘Asc. Scorpio’. Inspired by a scorpion that nipped Lazar in Jamaica, which was also smuggled back into Paris, ‘Asc. Scorpio’ sets the scene for the tracks that follow.  Next, we’re reintroduced to ‘Most of All’, which was released a few months ago. The enchanting track was created as a challenge by Lazar and Willatt to make a song that would be fit for the great Dolly Parton. Overflowing with warmth, it’s easy to be left enthralled by the soothing harmonies and their lush guitars. On new track ‘The Vibes’, they fuse their signature dreamy sound with underlying tropical grooves and it’s exquisite. 

The EP moves into ‘Nightingale’, which is led by the tender vocals of Johansen. Ending with waves delicately making their way to the shore, ‘Nightingale’ is the perfect interlude into ‘High Moon’, also led by Johansen’s vocals. Paris I closes with their new single ‘Honest Man’. Drawing upon the falsetto harmonies of the Bee Gees, ‘Honest Man’ explores the sweeping story of chasing your muse from the shores of Greece to the desert plains of Arizona. 

With their first EP, Oracle Sisters presents a cohesive and mesmerising collection of six tracks that encourages listeners to pause and let their imaginations run wild. 

Written by Amy Smolcic

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