Foamboy is a Portland-based duo comprised of producer Wil Bakula and vocalist Katy Ohsiek. They met in Salem, OR and worked together for a number of years in the experimental musical collective Chromatic Colors, in which they collaborated with a wide variety of instrumentalists, released two full-length albums, and graced the stages of many outdoor festivals, bars, and basements. Foamboy came to be when the two found themselves with more time to take on a new project during the shutdowns of 2020.
Foamboy’s debut album, My Sober Daydream, is a neat package of jazz-inspired danceable pop with a hyper-personal lyrical edge. On it, Ohsiek’s melodies twist and float over Bakula’s rich, synth-centric soundscapes. Listeners will recognize influences of disco and funk styles while being reminded of artists like The Internet, Men I Trust, and Thundercat. The lyrics wrangle with topics of identity, relationships, gender dynamics, and late-stage capitalism; the delivery of these lyrics is akin to a conversation over the phone with a best friend.
“‘Better’ explores themes of seasonal depression, capitalism, and mental health, all over a funky, undeniably danceable disco beat.” -KCRW
“Warm, saturated, and bright, but not harsh, Foamboy’s energy is ultimately as comforting as a soak in a bubble bath – the perfect soundtrack for a soul-healing, unplugged moment.” -Audiofemme
“Foamboy channels the collection of voices that sing, whisper and shout out from within and arranges those often brutal self-examinations into a modern electro orchestration that seeks to assuage and edify the very core of ourselves” -Week in Pop
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