Oliver Wilde – A Brief Introduction To Unnatural Lightyears (Howling Owl)
So, what do I know about Oliver Wilde? Well, he’s not related to Oscar, I don’t think, and, er, that’s about it. Oh, and he’s just released a rather splendid album with an even more splendid title. Having no preconceptions about an artist can help, and, that’s very much the case with A Brief Introduction To Unnatural Lightyears.
Oliver has created an album of complete and utter deliciousness and is a lovely way for Howling Owl to celebrate their first album release.
With influences from the likes of Nick Drake and Elliott Smith, it’s hardly surprising that Wilde’s sound should be one of calm and feeling. With a voice like a lower toned Badly Drawn Boy, his songs float in and out and around your head and take you to a place that your dreams can only imagine. His unconventional style and often introspective approach to songwriting and presentation will only win him admirers, and, many they well be.
Lead single, Perrett’s Brook, accompanied by its somewhat strange and effecting video is a rather lovely. Its swirling electronics and melancholic guitars perfectly compliment the whispering vocals which is so delicate it feels as though it could break into a million pieces at the slightest mis-timed breath.
There’s a simply sumptuous guitar on Pinch as Wilde continues to deliver his woozy, fuzzy vocals over even more dreamlike backing, and, the trip through the unnatural lightyears of the albums title just keeps on going. The pace is increased on Walter Steven’s Only Daughter with a beat that is present but not overwhelming and a great hook.
The instrumentation to Marleahs Cadence has New Order (under) tones with a beat and driving bassline that pushes the song forward with intriguing vocals. It’s probably the catchiest song on the album but that doesn’t make picking a standout track any easier such is the quality of the tracks here.
Wiltshire can be very proud.
Published on Louder Than War 1/08/13 - here