Huntington Beach, CA (PressExposure) April 23, 2014 -- The singer and songwriter known as Mike Schadel has released his latest LP record, "Oscar Wilde Is Dead." The album is comprised of 10 original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 40 minutes. It is his third studio album, preceded by his 2010 LP "Things Will Change," and "So What. Who Cares. The End," which appeared in 2007. A poppy, grooving record with an audiophile's sensibilities and an indie heart, "Oscar Wilde Is Dead" stands as definitive proof that Mike Schadel deserves a place in every music lover's record collection.
Schadel cites as main artistic influences Ben Folds, the Beatles, the Beach Boys, Jeff Buckley, Rufus Wainright, Tuneyards, and "anything catchy or cutting edge."
His record exhibits many qualities of these without attributes which might signify derivation. The resulting sound is unequivocally his own - smooth and subtle in its acoustic overtones, yet aggressive in terms of lyrical potency and emotional impact. "Oscar Wilde Is Dead" is equally effective when played as pleasant background music or when listened to with the intensity of a music aficionado.
At the center of this sonic elasticity is Schadel's musical principles, which demand that he take himself not-too seriously when writing music. Asked to describe the general theme of "Oscar Wilde Is Dead," he writes: "Humor is a big factor to my message. I like to poke fun at myself and people around me in clever ways. I like to leave people smiling and wanting more."
Mike Schadel has been playing music since the age of eight, when Santa Claus brought him a keyboard. By 10 he had graduated to drums and vocals, which he managed simultaneously. 12 saw him playing in a garage band with friends from school. His early songwriting was populated with catchy melody lines and four-part harmonies (which harmonic experience forms much of the charm on "Oscar..."). In time he moved to Los Angeles and played many famous venues with an ever-changing lineup, finally settling into the solo project which has resulted in this new LP.
Schadel has worked with the World Record, the Herbert Bail Orchestra, Eli Bolin, the Center Theater Group, and Joan Rivers. He also finds time to play in the Hereafter with his friend and fellow songwriter, John Elliot.
"Oscar Wilde Is Dead" by Mike Schadel is available online worldwide. Get in early.
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