SHARES NEW SONG “CHARMING NIGHTS”
TRACK EXPLORES PASSION AND SEXUAL INSECURITY AS A MEMBER OF THE GAY COMMUNITY IN LOS ANGELES
COLLABORATORS INCLUDE CECI GOMEZ (OF CECI G, CHARLI XCX) AND MAX HERSHENOW (OF MS MR), AND GRAMMY-NOMINATED PRODUCER BROOK D’LEAU
SPLIT-SCREEN, CHOREOGRAPHED MUSIC VIDEO DIRECTED BY SATYA BHABHA
PREMIERED VIA FLAUNT
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October 3, 2019 – Los Angeles based indie artist Onsen returns today with the new song “Charming Nights,” taking on the insecurities that arise when embarking on a new love affair. The release marks the beginning of a string of new music to come from Drew Straus, aka Onsen, where he uses personal experiences to examine past relationships found in the gay dating scene of Los Angeles. With each track, he will dive into a new singular experience.
Onsen shares of “Charming Nights,” “The verses are a come on of sorts, something good is happening, moves are being made, but in the chorus self-doubt appears to say, ‘is this about to end?’ ‘Is this your last chance to get this right or it’s gone?’ It’s equal parts sensuality and desperation.”
For the new tune, he worked with Max Hershenow of MS MR and Ceci Gomez of Ceci G, Crater, and Charli XCX’s band, and the project is co-produced by Brook D’Leau (GRAMMY-nominated producer for Miguel).
Satya Bhabha (New Girl, Scott Pilgrim, Sense8) directs the music video, which features dancers Christopher Argodale and Shane Raiford, and was choreographed by Andrew Pearson. The split-screen style video captures all the subtle sparks of lust and unfortunate miscommunications that are bound to happen in a relationship when it’s up for debate if the love will continue.
Onsen further explains, “It’s is a visualization of a warehouse of memories. In the video I’m drifting between scenes of two lovers coming together and then falling apart. While the memories lie years apart, the motion between them is continuous, shots drift away instead of cutting, reminiscent of a single shot video. Finally, the video ends with the three characters changing bodies as if they are all an ‘exquisite corpse’ drawing composed of their past loves.”
“Charming Nights” follows the recent collaborative EP from Elio, where Straus is one half of the duo in partnership with Harmless, aka Nacho Cano. The EP, Elio 1, was released earlier this summer and spawned the two singles “Babyfool” and “Empty Persuasions,” with the latter being featured on Spotify’s Fresh Finds. Onsen first came onto the scene with his 2016 debut album Earthquake Weather.
Originally born in Boston but raised in Paris, and both of his parents shrinks, Onsen draws inspiration from a variety of different influences. He’s done everything from doing public policy for Google and working production in television, to exploring Peru, Bolivia, and Brazil in a 1982 VW Westfalia as a journalist writing on environmental issues and indigenous communities’ rights. As an artist, he does all his own stunts on the new project, playing guitar, keys, bass, singing and producing. Onsen resides in Echo Park and is fluent in English, French, Spanish and some Portuguese.
For more information about Onsen, follow him on social media.
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RELEASES “THE MARCH”
REFLECTING ON A SUMMER ROMANCE WITH WINTER ON THE HORIZON
PREMIERED VIA NORTHERN TRANSMISSIONS
CO-PRODUCED BY GRAMMY-NOMINATED PRODUCER BROOK D’LEAU
ONSEN RECENTLY FEATURED ON SIA’S ‘EAR CANDY‘ SPOTIFY PLAYLIST
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“’The March,’ reminds us of some of the finest sounds of the eighties British music scene, including The Psychedelic Furs, Depeche Mode, Talk Talk, and more, which is definitely a good thing.”
November 14, 2019 – As winter nears and the end of the year closes in, the fall season can be a moment of deep reflection. Often times a summer romance can seem ages away, yet so familiar and close that it’s hard to let go of. Los Angeles based artist Onsen takes those feelings on headfirst with inklings of summertime in his latest track “The March,“out today. The song debuted by way of Northen Transmissions, who said it reminded them of “some of the finest sounds of the eighties British music scene, including The Psychedelic Furs, Depeche Mode, Talk Talk, and more.”
Drew Straus, aka Onsen, explains, “’The March’ is a teen Summer love anthem written from the perspective of the Fall. It looks back with tenderness on both an ex-love and a younger more innocent self. With driving guitars and rich synths, it’s a cathartic send off to a someone that needs letting go… while admitting that part of you is still chained to the idea of them coming back.”
In a recent interview with LGBTQ magazine Instinct, he further divulged, ““For me it was specifically talking about my first boyfriend. It’s about looking back on love from just a little removed, and still feeling that love, but beginning to have a sense of joyfulness about something that was once hard. Some of the lyrics are descriptive of what happened, but some of them are about looking forward. ‘All that I want to see is a life that looks like the tops of trees.’ I liked the idea of being able to sway and move the way the tops of trees do in a gust of wind, to bend over, and sway back, and return to their original position, to not be broken by love, but to be able to move with it.”
In the studio, his collaborators include Max Hershenow of MS MR and Ceci Gomez of Ceci G, Crater and Charli XCX’s band, and his latest music was also co-produced by Brook D’Leau of J*Davey and GRAMMY-nominated producer for Miguel.
In addition to his work as Onsen, Straus is one half of the local duo Elio, with Harmless, aka Nacho Cano. This summer they dropped the EP, Elio 1, which spawned two singles “Babyfool” and “Empty Persuasions” and was featured on Spotify’s ‘Fresh Finds’ playlist.
Originally born in Boston but raised in Paris, and both of his parents shrinks, Onsen draws inspiration from a variety of different influences. He’s done everything from doing public policy for Google and working production in television, to exploring Peru, Bolivia, and Brazil in a 1982 VW Westfalia as a journalist writing on environmental issues and indigenous communities’ rights. As an artist, he does all his own stunts on the new project, playing guitar, keys, bass, singing and producing. He currently resides in Echo Park and is fluent in English, French, Spanish and some Portuguese. Onsen first came onto the scene with his 2016 debut album Earthquake Weather.
For more information about Onsen, follow him on social media.