Daily Distraction: Listen to the new, surprise-released album from Oso Oso

'Sore Thumb,' the NYC emo band's follow-up to 2019's 'Basking in the Glow,' is out now on Triple Crown Records; the band will perform at the Athenaeum Theatre in Columbus on April 6

Joel Oliphint
Columbus Alive
Oso Oso's Jade Lilitri

In 2019, NYC emo/indie-rock act Oso Oso released one of my favorite albums of the yearBasking in the Glow. It's still a go-to record on days when I want to crank something with endless hooks. 

Today, without any buildup or album campaign or other industry-related warning, Oso Oso released its follow-up, Sore Thumb, which, after a couple of listens, sounds like a more-than-worthy fourth LP from frontman Jade Lilitri, who plays nearly all of the instruments on the album.

It's also a bittersweet release. Lilitri recorded the new songs alongside his bandmate and cousin, Tavish Maloney, who died a month after the studio sessions at the age of 24. "The making of this record is now a memory of a time that I holder closer to my heart than anything," Lilitri said in a statement accompanying the album. "Regardless of how I feel about these songs in the years to come, I am so happy this exists. Thanks for listening. Be decent."

To read more about the album, check out Stereogum's interview with Lilitri, and listen to Sore Thumb via Bandcamp below. Oso Oso will perform in Columbus at the Athenaeum Theatre along with the Menzingers on April 6.