Almost Owen is a triple threat, with his talent as a singer, songwriter, and producer, and he is set to prove this to the world with his latest single, ‘One Lucky Man’, released yesterday, 14 June.
Describing the track as “a playful ode to the friends we spend our best moments with — the ones who also see us at our worst”, Almost Owen’s ‘One Lucky Man’ is an upbeat dance-worthy bop of a track, which takes sonic inspiration from pop, funk, soul, and disco, with added EDM elements. It’s a truly cross-genre track, with Almost Owen’s lead supported by a groovy backing vocal sounding for all the world like The Drifters.
Not simply satisfied to cross melodic boundaries, ‘One Lucky Man’ also defies era, with musical influences from the 50s, 60s, 70s and right through to the modern day. It’s an upbeat love song of sorts, dedicated to his best friends, who by the sounds of it are just as lucky in being the friends of Almost Owen.
Almost Owen is the nom de plume of Isaac Haselkorn, who spent his teens playing drums in local bars and jazz clubs in the Boston area. He went to Berklee College Of Music, but following a series of accidents was unable to continue playing drums due to restricted use of his left arm. Not letting this get him down, and after the urging of a teacher and a chance meeting with Paul Simon – we’d love to have been a fly on the wall during that conversation – he packed up and moved to New Delhi, India, where he stayed for almost a year, writing and recording his own songs, while teaching music and performing throughout the country. Since then, taking the name of Almost Owen, he has played more than 500 shows across the US and overseas, and nothing will stand in his way.
‘One Lucky Man’ was mixed by Jonathan Castelli, who’s known for his work with the likes of Khalid, Kesha, and VERITE, and in his hands he gives the dance pop track an indie soul.
‘One Lucky Man’ follows on from Almost Owen’s previous release, ‘One In A Million’, which although it only came out on May 17, has already seen close to 100,000 streams. Both tracks promise exciting times for the artist, who is already known as one of the rising stars of Boston’s burgeoning pop scene, and is now setting his sights on conquering the world. If he keeps up the way he’s been going, that is certainly well within his grasp.