After a three year hiatus and a recent single in late 2020 ‘Like the Movies’, Reuben Koops is back with another new single Oblivious, due for release on March 12. Sonically a step up from Like The Movies, Oblivious is a new direction for the Australian singer/songwriter; a move he has been planning for some time.
Still focused around Reuben’s captivating acoustic guitar and vocal, Oblivious introduces more production, co-produced by Jack McLaine (Sumner). Reuben explains the process, “this was a fun one to work on. It had a strong personality before production; after working with Jack it went to another level sonically that I’m really happy with. I love the beats that Jack framed around the acoustic and vocal. Ben Edgar (Angus & Julia Stone, Passenger) played the stunning guitar parts; they add so much vibe. The heavier production on this track is eluding to where I see my sound heading in the future.”
Luke Hodgson (Washington, Ecca Vandal) played the bass parts. The single was mixed by John Castle (Gretta Ray, Cub Sport) and mastered by Grammy Award winner William Bowden (Gotye, Winston Surfshirt ).
Speaking of the song, Reuben adds “this track is another one I’ve had with me for quite a while. It’s about losing someone or something important to you. Maybe someone or something you knew wouldn’t last forever, but when that time comes, it’s always harder than you expect”.
After his 2017 release Higher Ground (produced by David Ryan Harris), Reuben decided to spend some time working on writing, co-writing, working with different producers and writing for other artists. This single is the perfect follow-up to Like The Movies and shows a sign of what’s to come. Speaking of the future, Reuben explains “more music is my plan. There are many more songs to come and I’m excited to be in the mode of making and releasing music again. I’m hoping to continue being productive and purposeful in releasing more singles this year”.