Austrian singer/songwriter OSKA is no stranger to heartache, but she also is no stranger to getting over someone or something, accepting that love lost is a part of life. In fact, it was the subject matter of a previous single, “Love You Lost,” as well as that of her newest single, “Woodstock.” She explains further,
Woodstock is a song about my dumb, old car and getting over the fact that I probably won’t be in someone’s life; just like I’ll never be a part of a festival that took place over 50 years ago. I wish I was but it’s impossible. And that’s okay.
Growing up in a small village in Lower Austria, OSKA moved to Vienna at 18 to study her first love; music. She started busking in the streets and squares of the capital while also studying pop and jazz singing. She has worked tirelessly drafting and crafting her imminent debut, honing her voice to say exactly what she wants it to. She signed to Nettwerk in 2020 and released her debut EP Honeymoon Phase to critical acclaim. The five songs on the album have amassed more than 4 million Spotify streams and won her the XA Music Export Award at Waves Vienna Festival 2020.
“Woodstock” follows her signature nostalgic indie-folk song. Her airy vocals glide atop the upbeat strummed instrumental, creating a delicate soundscape for the bittersweet lyrics. Even as she skates down memory lane and relives some of the lost memories, OSKA maintains a buoyant atmosphere that relays her acceptance of people fading out of her life and vice versa. Although the cheerful tones seemingly counteract the main message of letting go of lost love, there’s actually a sweet sense of acceptance that underlines the whole track. Even though it might hurt a little, it’s okay for memories to be memories – that’s just a part of life.