Caesar Osiris - Scary Times - Stereo Stickman

Caesar Osiris Scary Times


If you like your dance pop to come with left turns and cowbell, you’re going to love Scary Times.

What starts out as something that sounds like it’s going to be a simple exploration of melody and texture over a simple repeating four chord progression becomes oh-so-much more! Wind-chimes and the aforementioned cowbell get a workout at the start before the atmospheric lyrics welcome us to Scary Times. 

Each time the chorus comes around, its simple, insistent melody drills into your memory, floating above a Björk-like set of rhythmic patterns that seemingly arrive out of nowhere. 

Then we get a post-chorus sequence that offers us a brilliantly off-kilter discordant, syncopated, rapid-fire riff that demands attention, and the reverb-heavy vocal, softly sung in English with an intriguing foreign twang (sounding like a chilled-out Morten Harket from a-ha) also draws the listener further in. Somehow, the accent infers extra sophistication, and the dance-heavy bass pattern makes the toes start to tap. 

The second verse pattern introduces pan-pipe-like samples and the arrangement ups the ante in terms of movement and interest. Tuned percussive runs add to the swimming, shifting sonic canvas.

Instruments, their effects and a hypnotic, insistent drone note (that sounds like it might have been conjured by capturing the sound of someone running a wet finger around the rim of a crystal wine glass) receive hard panning in a mix which cleverly retains interest by changing things up as it progresses.

This is a classy and intricate slice of pop that we should all get our ears around.

Stream the single on Spotify. Check out last year’s release MÁS ALLÁFind & follow Ceasar Osiris on Facebook & Instagram or visit his Website.

Chris Porter


As well as writing about music, Chris Porter is a songwriter, singer, producer & vocal coach. He has written for all manner of international artists, including Dagny, Dzeko, and hit the No.1 spot with Thailand’s Singto Numchok. His music has had thousands of placements on film, TV & radio all around the globe.

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