Nearly Oratario sizzles, like ‘Tin’ on a hot day
NEARLY ORATARIO dropped his first EP five years ago, which in the music world is basically an eternity. To have stood the test of time proves a few things, the main one being that he is a unique talent. His sophomore EP, Tin, cements this.
Nearly Oratario is the underground alter ego of Melbourne born Simon Lam (of Kllo, I’lls and Couture). Tin was completed two years ago, and has waited patiently to be heard. While all of Nearly Oratario’s music has a similar sounding thread running through it, each track still has its own unique stitching.
The title track, ‘Tin’, makes you feel like you are looking out onto a road on a hot day, and the heat is playing tricks on your eyes, warping and blurring the road in front of you. It also has that flutey kind of sound you associate with a snake charmer.
With those two visions it does make you think of hot tin on a summer’s day. Like a kid walking along rattling a stick on the old tin fence on their way home from buying an ice-cream at the local shop. It’s a song full of nostalgia. Lam says the song is full of intention; it’s about living in your own head and your own thoughts.
While the title track is a beautiful piece of music, well worth highlighting, each of the five songs featured on the EP offer something worth musing over, with Lam’s wispy voice often being the trigger to your thoughts.
Tin is out now through Solitaire Records.
Words by Madeline Kilby