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Brand new single for Stellies musician

Just shy of two years after the release of his debut album, The Fox and the Furrow, Stellenbosch singer-songwriter Oddo Bam has re-emerged with a brand-new single, entitled “Dust”.

Bam, known for his deeply pensive lyrical style, has broken out of the mould of introspective lyrical folk, crafting a song that brings elements of pop and rock together.

“The songwriting process fascinates me,” he says. “It has a way of growing with you. I’ve always been a deeply introspective person, but the last two years have been a time of becoming newly aware of life’s wonders, outside of myself. This transformation is being reflected in the newer songs.

‘Dust’ is a sort of duel, between who we are and who we should be,” Bam says about the theme of the single. “We all wrestle with ourselves, and come out second best. Humanity has always fallen short. That’s the story of each of the verses of the song, but the chorus tells a different story.

“A story of selfless love overcoming even death. Although most of the song documents a battle where the two opponents seem to be in a deadlock, the bridge breaks through with an ultimate victory of joy over sorrow, life over death.”

The song was recorded at ASE in Cape Town and engineered by Simon Strehler.

“I loved recording in the city,” Bam says. “We made the last album in the countryside, in Stellenbosch. The small-town atmosphere, in retrospect, seems a fitting place for the more introspective album – the inherent silence of the lyrics is echoed by the quiet town.

‘Dust’ is a much more restless song, and the ever-contested and stormy Mother City seems the most fitting place to have recorded the song.”

It is available on all major platforms.

Bam released his debut EP, The Snow Burial, in 2015. The EP sparked the emergence of a considerable and loyal following for the young artist. Bam has released two music videos, appeared on the Expresso Morning show and has performed to crowds across the country.

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