❉ The UK-based synthpop duo offer a fresh take on the Yazoo classic, writes Ange Chan.
Ooberfuse are an electro-influenced alt-pop songwriting duo based in Woolwich, London comprising vocalist Cherrie Anderson and multi-instrumentalist Hal St John. They’re truly a global phenomenon; from showcasing at The Great Escape to opening for Rudimental in Beijing, Ooberfuse have developed a rare international touring niche, having performed in countries from India to Iraq, to festivals in Beijing to Brazil.
Their latest offering is an uber-melodic, softly-delivered version of Yazoo’s 80s anthem, Only You. It offers a completely new stance on the original song, which is refreshing when so many cover versions these days are an exact replica of the original. Personally, I can’t see the point in that, but here we get an alternative offering on an old familiar song, which almost melts into the atmosphere, it’s that ethereal.
Ooberfuse have an impressive following, and their music has featured on a ‘who’s who’ of prestigious press and media outlets including Music Week, BBC Radio 1, BBC London, Rolling Stone India, Guardian Music and DJ Mag. Legendary trailblazers such as Boy George, Paul Oakenfold and Sister Bliss (Faithless/Ministry of Sound) have also sung their praises. Tom Robinson on BBC Introducing says of the band “Cherrie Anderson’s vocal reaches out of the headphones from bar one and shakes hands with your ears. It’s just gorgeous… Music that’s upbeat and accessible, yet quirky and charming… Classy, well-made pop music.”
Only You by Ooberfuse was released on 21 August 2020 and is one of 6 new tracks that will feature on an upcoming EP ‘Tears Can Only Sting’; out Autumn 2020, via Fretsore Records.
❉ Ooberfuse – ‘Tears Can Only Sting’ EP – out Autumn 2020, via Fretsore Records.
❉ Ange Chanis a freelance writer, having produced two novels and six volumes of poetry. She was also prolific contributor in the anthology collection Me and the Starman (now available by Cult Ink on Amazon) and is a lifelong lover of music, having first been published in the 1980s music press. As well as being a frequent contributor to the pop culture website We Are Cult, she is working on her long-standing third novel Champagne Flutes and Pixie Boots.