FRESH: ‘Set Me Free’ – Ooberfuse

Ooberfuse want you to “Set Me Free”


The London based duo of Cherrie Anderson and Hal St. John, better known as Ooberfuse, have just released their deeply electro EP, “Tears Can Only Sting”, which features the lead single, “Set Me Free”.

The EP brings together their single releases of 2020 together with the hugely electro, synth heavy new track, “Set Me Free”, which is pure electro heaven

The track moves slowly with a stop-start beat that often feels lazy but undoubtedly chilled and laid back with a yearning message as it’s heart with Cherrie’s sublime vocals knitted among the electro vibes. “Set Me Free” explores themes of liberation from repression and oppression and is written about the emotions unleashed when someone tries to take away your freedom. “Set Me Free” ‘bleeds’ irresistible electronica hooks with timeless other-worldly vocals of front-woman Cherrie.

Cherrie explains: “Having the courage to be the person you are called to be in the context of violent forces demanding conformity, requires an almost supernatural strength. If we open our hearts to those who are fighting for their freedom, we combine our strength with theirs to transform cycles of violation”.

Ooberfude made their debut in 2014 with “Fall” and have perfected their artistry as purveyors of retro 21st century electronica. They released their debut album, “The Odd Ones”, in 2017 while “Tears Can Only Sting” represents their first EP and after a busy 2020, it ‘fuses’ all their five most recent releases together with the SUPERB “Set Me Free”.

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!