Oskar Haag has released four singles so far, each of which has reached the top of the Radio FM4 charts. In March he released his debut album, Teenage Lullabies, which is exactly the big work everyone has been waiting for.
It's almost fascinating: if he were playing the blues, you could almost believe that he had seduced the devil at the crossroads with his angelic looks and his delicacy into giving him his overwhelming talent without compensation or contract.
However, the songs on his album speak a different language. In an interview, Haag says that he only sings about questions that concern young people, and he does it all in a dramatic way. While he plays his acoustic guitar, he sings in his rough, yet delicate voice.
An unobtrusive sound world unfolds around his music, sometimes electronic, sometimes instrumental, which shapes the respective character of the pieces. Haag creates indie music inspired by the likes of the Beatles and possibly other British bands like Oasis, as well as the folk of Beirut.
In the end, however, he always returns to his roots. It is the delicate, melancholic waltzes like "Black Dress" or "Light" in three-four time that reconnect him with Vienna. As the Süddeutsche Zeitung aptly noted, it is "amazing how much love and suffering there is in this 17-year-old's songs, how much pain and feeling there is in his fine voice."