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Australian indie-pop duo Oh Pep! are experts at matching traditional bluegrass instruments to pop lyrics and production, yielding a gloriously catchy mix of songs that feel as much indie-folk as radio-ready. They’re releasing a second record of acoustic-pop fare, I Wasn’t Only Thinking About You…, on Oct. 26, and today (Tuesday, Oct. 16), the Aussie pair are sharing its third single, the effortlessly catchy “Your Nail And Your Hammer.”
“Your Nail And Your Hammer” follows two previously released singles, “Hurt Nobody” and “What’s The Deal With David,” which you can listen to here and here, respectively. Where the former track is a winking take on relationship banter (not to mention an absurdly fun mandolin mash-up), “Your Nail And Your Hammer” is more serious: “Cold little heart breaks apart / With your nail and your hammer.” But the song’s facade is anything but icy—a catchy melody and etched twinkle warm the track right up.
Oh Pep!’s Olivia Hally, who writes most of their lyrics, said of the song, “This was of a fleeting encounter where my imagination flared, prompted weeks later by some song titles I had written on my wall.”
I Wasn’t Only Thinking About You… follows Oh Pep!’s 2016 debut, Stadium Cake. Read the Paste review here.
You can listen to “Your Nail And Your Hammer” below. Further down, listen to Oh Pep!’s 2017 Daytrotter Session.