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 Deb’s 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 to support Deb Oh’s solo EP, ‘Cold Glory,’ Deb Oh & and the Cavaliers are preparing to release their debut EP, ‘Hieroglyphs’ in April 2013.