Skinny Pelembe’s ‘Oh, Silly George’ Is Exhilarating

"Sometimes bad feels good..."

Skinny Pelembe returns with bold new single ‘Oh, Silly George’.

The multi-disciplinarian is clearly in a creative mood, sharing a flurry of new music and laying out plans for some sought-after live shows.

Hitting the Social in London on January 25th, Skinny Pelembe has the wind in his sails – and with singles like ‘Oh, Silly George’ he has every reason to be confident.

The persistent, ultra-catchy rhythm highlights his Afrobeat influences, but it’s permeated with a kind of retro digitalism. The lilting vocal has a sighing, twilight feel, while the lyrics aim to encapsulate the feeling of being a stranger.

Could ‘Silly George’ by St. George, and England…? Well, its maker isn’t ruling it out. Skinny Pelembe comments…

Just a few snapshots of those ‘strangers’ that we know. Whether on home soil or in motion, always the eternal stranger. Someone asked me if George is England. He wasn’t when I wrote it, but it’s a cool idea…

Anyway, I’m not here to spoon feed you the meanings of all this, do some of the graft yourself. Lots of trying to make me and Malcolm [Catto] sound sampled. Fucking one, and two beat chops on the drums and guitar. An extremely considered but ramshackle groove. I was hearing early Macca, but Malc reckons the synths sound more like Wham! That might be a bad thing, but sometimes bad feels good.

Skinny Pelembe directs the collage-fixated video, created, edited and produced by Shea McChrystal. Tune in now.

Photo Credit: Morgan Sinclair

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