Oso Oso

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Real Stories Of True People Who Kind Of Looked Like Monsters (2014), 4.5/10
The Yunahon Mixtape (2017), 4/10
Basking in the Glow (2019), 4.5/10
Sore Thumb (2022), 6/10

New York's Oso Oso, the brainchild of singer and guitarist Jade Lilitri (previously of garage-rockers State Lines), debuted with the rather bland punk-pop of Real Stories Of True People Who Kind Of Looked Like Monsters (Soft Speak, 2014). Another Night was the single, but they did better with the slower and pensive Where You've Been Hiding. After the even worse The Yunahon Mixtape (Seal Mountain, 2017), a collection of generic, shapeless litanies (if you have to save one, The Secret Spot) and the single Gbol Hnf / Subside (Triple Crown, 2018), they slowed down their sound to a more radio-friendly emo-pop a` la Jimmy Eat World on Basking in the Glow (2019), which contains the more or less catchy Impossible Game but also the acoustic, lo-fi One Sick Plan .

Oso Oso's guitarist Tavish Maloney died in 2021.

The unfinished album Sore Thumb (2022) is full of the usual emo-pop imitations (Father Tracy, Fly on the Wall) but also contains the garage-rock of Computer Exploder and some strange creations like the Mersey-beat ditty Pensacola and the southern-rock shuffle Because I Want To . By far, the only good album they ever made.

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