PREMIERE: Kane Strang Does New Zealand Twang in “Oh So You’re Off I See”

From his forthcoming Dead Oceans debut.

Kane Strang has a way with words. Which is to say that he has a way of enlarging monosyllables, zooming in on nice rounded whole notes and running them into one another so that they lose their meaning without losing their sound. “Oh So You’re Off I See” open with Strang repeating the song’s title, which if you hadn’t read this sentence you would likely assume was him sounding his way through a fa-so-la-ti run. Absurdly, this bright and wide-eyed series is executed over a dwindling guitar that eventually coaxes him into curling that melody into a twangy resolution worthy of Band of Horses.

It’s a trick that’s mirrored in the song’s video, which we’re premiering today. The clip, which was filmed in Strang’s home country of New Zealand, filters images of Strang and his band through overlaid colored glass, shifting an otherwise straightforward view into a light that makes it familiar, but still unrecognizable.

“Oh So You’re Off I See” is taken from Two Hearts and No Brain, Strang’s debut for Dead Oceans. You can check it out below, as well as the dates for Strang’s first tour outside of New Zealand.

Kane Strang tour dates

3/3 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right
3/4 – Cambridge, MA @ Lilypad
3/5 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
3/6 – Washington, DC @ DC9
3/7 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
3/8 – Durham, NC @ The Pinhook
3/9 – Savannah, GA @ Savannah Stopover Music Festival
3/10 – Tallahassee, FL @ The Wilbury
3/11 – New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa
3/12 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall Upstairs
3/14–18 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
3/20 – Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf
3/21 – Denver, CO @ Lost Lake
3/22 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
3/23 – Boise, ID @ Treefort Music Festival
3/24 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
3/25 – Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater (w/ Teenage Fanclub)
3/26 – Seattle, WA @ The Vera Project
3/29 – San Francisco, CA @ Swedish American Hall
3/30 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater
3/31 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar

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