Nothing like a South African speedo and a beer against a blinding sky to scream patriotism in a time like this. SonOfOld (aka Nic Olsen) just dropped his latest release, “Atom Man”, from his solo project and it’s all that and more.
Olsen has been looping the circuit for a while. He paved his way into the industry as one of the frontmen of Perez, and has penned more than a couple of hits including The Parlotones’ “Push Me To The Floor” during a brief stint when he joined their ranks.
His solo moniker SonOfOld has been brewing for a while and “Atom Man” is the first single off the project and the lyrics speak to the futility of existence in a material world. Perhaps a little hard-hitting in our current climate, but there we go.
If you want a solid Saffa laugh though, the video’s for you – as Olsen prances on a trampoline in a Faf De Klerk-inspired speedo – you know the one – beer in hand, cigarette in the other, occasionally traded for a guitar of sorts as he reels out his track. Fibrillating guitar lines countering a fizzing synth undertone in the otherwise fairly quintissential pop-rock offering.
“After a keg of weiss beer with a friend and a listening session of the mastered version I decided the lyrics spoke to the South African condition,” explains Olsen – and the result seems pretty apt.