Even the sweetest sounds nowadays seem to be smuggling some sharpness within. Arriving under an acronym for ‘Sugar Coated Pill’, that certainly seems to be the case for this third EP from Oakman. 2016’s Waterscape and 2018’s Plastic World marked the Lyon trio as a power-pop force, full of explosive colour and hidden complexity, but after four years that have encompassed love and death, a global pandemic, health scares and deep reflections on the consequences of abuse, they plumb deeper here, and soar higher than ever before.
Night pulls back the curtain with an loose, synth-driven heartbeat as vocalist/guitarist Marine extols the importance of seizing every sundown like it could be your last. Superb second track Murder starts with a kicking beat before slipping into the shimmering, sepia electropop of an act like Electric Youth, while Marine considers the weight carried by victims of sexual misconduct: ‘How many nights will I bite the dust?’ Fantasy enters rockier territory, with an undulating synth riff immediately evoking peak Paramore while sparse handclaps and stabs of overdriven guitar add a sense of Gallic flair.