The Vast Oddity reached out to RockingSA through our Facebook Page Rockingsa News to help with their jive, hypnotic and stellar 7 track EP ‘Liquid Sun’ that was released on the 20th of March on all major online music platforms. The Vast Oddity Stellar journey started in 2017 with Cayla Louw and Chad Thompson that is both skilled guitarists. Cayla Louw and Chad Thompson has over a decade of experience on guitar combined with their singing that is influenced by their inspirations and writing, may it be space, the ocean, the modern world and crazy society, strange ideas or unusual concepts.
What gives the Vast Oddity their unique sound is a combination of acoustic guitar, electric guitar, a loop pedal and stomp box for percussion and experimentation, and a pinch of lo-fi vocals.
Not only have The Vast Oddity performed at over 70 venues across South Africa they have opened twice for one of South African legendary bands ‘Boo!’ and played alongside Great South African Bands like Desmond and the Tutus, The Black Cat Bones and Jasper Dan to name a few.
Since forming of Vast Oddity, Cayla Louw and Chad Thompson has released 4 singles - 'Beautifully High', 'Can't Surf', 'Swell' and 'Squares are People Too' – on all major online music platforms including iTunes, Apple Music, 7Digital, Spotify and Deezer.
Their singles have hit the airwaves on Mix FM, Eden Radio, MegaZone Radio, UCT Radio, Vow FM, Good N Plenty Radio (Cocoa, Florida), Radio Wigwam (UK), Radio Today Johannesburg, SME Fusion Radio, KZN Capital, Youth Today Radio, RA Rock Radio, on which their single 'Swell'
featured on the Top 40 for more than 3 weeks and reached number 11, and Zone Radio on which their single ‘Squares Are People Too’ reached and stayed at number 1 on the top 40 for 5 weeks.
The Vast Oddity send RockingSA two of their songs that is available on all major online music platforms from their EP Liquid Sun. The first song was ‘Whispers in the Trees’, from the start you are transported back to the late 90’s when an awesome South African Band Qkumba Zoo came on to the music scene with their trippy, spacey and dancer vibe. When you listen to that ‘Whispers in the Trees and close your eyes it is as if you are in front of the stage watching The Vast Oddity hypnotizing you with their jivey, spacey vibe so that you lose control of your body and just go with the flow.
The second song was ‘Squares Are People Too’, when you listen to this song you can’t help but be intrigued with Cayla Louw bringing in you with her intoxicating lyrics. We love this song and relate with the lyrics “they are a breed on their own, we don’t always get along” because a square is slang for a person who failed to appreciate the medium, or, more broadly, someone who was out of date or out of touch.
‘Squares Are People Too’ is about not everybody might appreciate The Vast Oddity music style but they are okay with it because you are entitled to your opinion and they will still treat you as a person.
Stephan Dreyer wrote this review by also using info from The Vast Oddity biography, listening to their songs and viewing there videos on YouTube.
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