If you’ve been following JOVM for the past few months, you’d come across a post or two about the California-based duo OYLS. Formed a little over a year ago, electronic music duo OYLS can trace their formative moment to an Amtrak ride between Davis, CA and Berkeley, CA when David Kirshenbaum and his collaborative partner Michael started a therapeutic jam session after Michael’s breakup. After drinking a lot of scotch, tears and regrets and an all-nighter, the duo had their first single “Dots and Dashes,” which was praised in several blogs. At the time, Kirshenbaum was about to complete his studies at UC Berkeley and Michael was about to sign a contract to work in China. Instead the duo decided to focus on music full-time with Kirshenbaum dropping out of school and Michael deciding to opt out of his contract.
The blogs that have praised OYLS have compared their sound to the likes of early Daft Punk, Alt-J, and Disclosure and although some of those comparisons may well be arguable, depending on your tastes, their single “Undone” bore a resemblance to Daft Punk in the sense that it’s a sleekly futuristic; however, the duo’s sound manages to remind me a bit of Dallas, TX’s Ishi in the sense that their sound is a bit more sensual and feels like a sexual come on.
Adding to a lengthy list of Christmas originals and covers, the duo of OYLS released an icy yet suggestive and sexually ambiguous rendition of “Santa Baby.” Much like their debut single, it feels like a naughty come on – and somehow even naughtier than the original.