TJ Horansky, former guitarist/backing vocalist of the now-defunct Chicago pop punk band Sleep On It, recently launched a new solo project called OSLO, an anagram for solo. He spoke to Highwire Daze last year about how the idea for a solo project came about:

I’ve always had some songs that I’m kind of working on here and there for a few years. Kind of unsure of what I wanted to do with them. They just didn’t feel like Sleep On It songs. I showed them to the guys and they liked them, too. Specifically, "If You Were Here, Then I’d Be Home" is a song that I actually had written for a few years. We had talked about, like “is this a Sleep On It song, or is it not?” Then ultimately, just decided it’s not. “It’s just kind of like your song” – them saying that to me. Which was cool – and I kind of felt the same way – that song in particular.

I have a few other songs written that are just really personal and just such a different vibe than anything Sleep On It. I’d always had it in my mind I wanted to do this project, so just like over quarantine and back in the winter. I was staying with my parents for a week or two. I just brought some recording stuff with me and I recorded that. I kind of wanted to have it be this super intimate, not Lo-Fi, but just a very sparse and personal vibe to the music. The idea had been there for a while, but it didn’t really come about until the past few months, solidifying a name and just going from there.

OSLO has now announced his debut album, Great Places, due May 20 via Christmas Records (pre-order). It has 10 tracks, including last year's single "If You Were Here, Then I’d Be Home" and new single "Loma Prieta," which premieres in this post. "’Loma Prieta’ is about feeling like a disaster, even when you try to do the right thing and be the right person for everyone in your life," TJ tells us. The previous single was a bare-bones folk song, but this one finds him going in a jangly full-band emo direction. You can hear a little of TJ's pop punk roots coming through, but this is overall a much softer, more atmospheric project. The song comes with a video filmed by Eric Elkin in the Palmer Square neighborhood of Chicago, and you can check that out below.

1. Skylight
2. Albatross
3. Charcoal
4. Loma Prieta
5. Displaced
6. Voice Memo 9.8.20
7. Blood Moon
8. Placebo
9. If You Were Here, Then I’d Be Home
10. Celebrate

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