Deb Oh & the Cavaliers
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Deb Oh & the Cavaliers

New York City, New York, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2010 | SELF

New York City, New York, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2010
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HuffPost Entertainment is pleased to present you with the exclusive premiere of Deb Oh & the Cavaliers' "Vessels" music video.

Since childhood, Deb Oh has split her time between Alaska and New York City, and that juxtaposition is evident in her craft. Teamed up with the Cavaliers, Deb Oh and her troop are quickly making a name for themselves in the NYC music scene with their richly layered arrangements and commanding vocals, drawing comparisons to acts such as Feist, London Grammar and Daughter.

Having won the Silver Sound's 4th Annual Band Battle in January of 2013, the band was awarded music video production. Produced entirely by Silver Sound and Cory Choy, one of the sound studio's founding members, and directed by José Andrés Cardona, Deb Oh opted to film the video for their brand new single, "Vessels."

"Right off the bat, Andrés picked up on all of the nuances of the song which was written as a type of grown-up lullaby, with themes of loss, hope and sacrifice for the ones you love. He came up with a really ambitious concept, 'One that might require a few viewings of the video to fully appreciate,'" Oh said. "We shot on location at Wintergreen Lake in Hague, NY, and though it was a challenging shoot, there was such a great energy and sense of focus on set, it was hard not to feel inspired!"

"Vessels" is a heart-wrenching indie pop ballad, a story of love and the branches and boulders that we must often shoulder for our passion. The song's somber piano strokes and desperate vocals are matched by the video's steady rainfall and close-up camera shots, the ending percussion blasts beautifully synched with a piano's sledgehammer demise in reverse.

Watch the video below, and check out their 2013 EP, "Hieroglyphs," to gain a fuller grasp on the band's sound. You can also catch the band perform on Jan. 24 at Friends & Lovers in Brooklyn at 10 p.m. - Huffington Post


For Deb Oh & the Cavaliers‘ very first music video they chose the sweeping percussive ballad, “Primacy,” and friend-sourced the funding to produce the shoot themselves.

“We had some pretty lofty ideas for this video and a lot of them were realized, thanks to our incredible group of friends who rallied together to make it happen,” the singer told us. “This was a truly ‘indie’ project that we all pooled our resources for, to make something we would be proud of.”

A native born Alaskan, Oh, wanted to feature each of her seven New York based Cavaliers individually, performing in smokey black and white, for a sense of timelessness — shared by the orchestral song.

“We went into this project with a respect for each others’ visions, there was an amazing creative synergy during the whole shoot,” the singer said of her nicely done debut video collaboration. “Even on the last day, when we were shooting in a freezing warehouse with no heat in mid-December! Those breaths you see coming out of my mouth are totally real!” - IFC.com


Discography

"Vessels" - Recorded at Rubber Tracks (Single) - Released 01.21.14
Hieroglyphs (EP) - Released 04.02.13
"Primacy" (Single) - Released 02.19.13
Cold Glory (EP) - Released 01.25.11

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Intricately epic, viscerally cerebral: Deb Oh & the Cavaliers are a powerful study in contrasts. With orchestral, piano-driven arrangements that have grown fiercer over time, this seven-piece, NYC-based band boasts a singular sound led by Deb Oh's equally singular voice - a subtle mix of soul and sheer drive.

Deb Oh originally hails from Alaska, where she grew up learning classical piano and singing in choirs at a very early age, before moving to the east coast in her later childhood. Having split her life between Alaska and NYC, there is a complexity in perspective that shines through in her songwriting.

Pursuit Of - a track from the upcoming Hieroglyphs EP - was written with memories of Alaska in mind; the driving percussion, relentless orchestration, and howling vocals paint a vivid image of the wilderness she grew up in. At the other end of the spectrum, Grey exhibits the smoother, more soulful influences from Debs urban surroundings, exuding a different kind of confidence.

With the collaboration of the Cavaliers, these songs become richly textured works, likening Deb Oh & the Cavaliers sound to Feist and Florence & the Machine. Musical arrangements aside, Deb also stands out for the caliber of her lyrics, which stray from conventional writings and often incorporate literary and political themes - demonstrated in their single, Primacy.

Having played extensively in NYC (Joe's Pub, Brooklyn Bowl, Mercury Lounge, Knitting Factory, Rockwood Music Hall, Pianos, Cake Shop, The Living Room) to support Deb Oh's solo EP, Cold Glory, Deb Oh & and the Cavaliers released their debut EP 'Hieroglyphs' in April 2013, and their newest single "Vessels" was released in January 2014. 

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