Everything is falling into place for Litany right now. Her previous single ‘Uh-huh’ was praised by NME, The Line of Best Fit and Mollie King, while its profile was boosted by a video that was directed by Joe Lycett and starred Katherine Ryan. The first Litany remix by Dua Lipa’s collaborator Initial Talk soon followed. It also prompted a rediscovery of Litany’s previous releases, elevating her breakthrough track ‘Bedroom’ over the 30 million streams landmark at Spotify.
Litany’s skybound trajectory continues today as she unveils her new single ‘Playlist’, which features one of her favourite artists, Oscar Scheller.
The duo’s natural connection sizzles on ‘Playlist’, a song fuelled by their creative instinct but with a refined sense of pop perfectionism that you’d expect from long-life collaborators. The song plays to both their strengths, with Litany’s expressive, diary entry lyrics set to the kind of inventive and impeccable production with which Oscar has forged his reputation.
“I just adore Oscar,” says Litany. “He’s got this impalpable work ethic and artistic vision to go along with it, so to be able to collaborate let alone call him a dear friend is just rad as hell. We wrote this song a couple sessions deep after I told him that I was obsessing over this playlist a dude sent to me and felt I was looking for hidden messages, like, ‘OMG, does he love me ‘cos the first song is ‘Girl Like You’ by Edwin Collins?’ But Oscar was like, ‘THERE’S THE SONG RIGHT THERE.’”
Oscar adds, “First of all, I’m constantly laughing with Beth. It’s been that way from the get go. And I’m always floored by how effortless she is with her melodies, lyrics and story telling. It’s so great to have a collaboration with my friend. 90% of our time in the studio is just us chatting shit, doing impersonations and messing about. But that remaining 10% is all we need to make a great tune ;)”
The ‘Playlist’ video extends the song’s playful tone, its bright cinematography enlivening the feelgood mood. Both artists are depicted telling their side of the tale directly to camera which provides the intimacy of a video call, before they’re reunited and sharing earphones at a playground. It was directed by Donny Johnson (Ashnikko, Joy Crookes).
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In addition to ‘Playlist’, Litany is also excited to announce her return to live shows. She’s set to play her most intimate London headline show to date at the Jazz Cafe on 26th June 2021, her first in the capital since selling out The Garagetowards at the end of 2019. Tickets go on sale from Wednesday 7th April at 10 am and will be available here.
Litany’s hook-filled, conversational songwriting explores the ups, downs and in-betweens of relationships in the digital age, with a sound that puts a fresh UK spin on influences such as Robyn, Christine and the Queens, HAIM and Caroline Polachek. After just two EPs and a handful of singles, Litany (Beth Cornell) is connecting with audiences, building radio support at 6 Music and BBC Introducing, and accumulating big stats including over 72 million streams at Spotify.
As a go-to producer and engaging solo artist, Oscar Scheller has collaborated with an array of empowering female artists as varied as Charli XCX, Ashnikko, Rina Sawayama and Lily Allen. Meanwhile, his three solo albums to date draw on a broad range of influences from contemporary alt-pop to indie and old school new wave, while often exploring topics such as mental health issues and masculinity. His most recent album, ‘Boys Cry’, was released in February and was described by Clash as being “genuinely sonically engaging – a refreshing take in this era of fast-food pop.”