OLIVER WILDE is a Bristol based 26 years old musician, producer and artist.
Oliver released two quickfire albums on revered indie label Howling Owl Records, 2013’s ‘A Brief Introduction To Unnatural Light Years’ and 2014’s ‘Red Tide Opal In The Loose End Womb’, both created, recorded and produced in his bedroom.
Reviews across both albums were incredible (see selection) including being declared “a Jeff Buckley for the 21st Century” by NME.
Oliver’s prolific nature led to barely a few months between releases, with Red Tide Opal making significant breakthroughs at UK radio, with 2 playlist singles, Album Of The Day, and a session for BBC 6 Music, and a plethora of spot plays and session for BBC Radio 1.
Appearances with his band followed in the summer of 2014 at a number of festivals including End Of The Road and Latitude, and syncs with the likes of New Balance and Urban Outfitters.
For his third album, Oliver has stepped out the bedroom and into the studio. A band based, multi-layered tome, conceived and recorded in several locations and mixed by Ali Chant (Gruff Rhys, Perfume Genius, Youth Lagoon) at Toybox Studios. ‘Long Hold Star The Infinite Abduction’ is weightier dynamically and lyrically than it’s predecessors, benefitting from a longer gestation and a greater cast.. the more variant sound and chiseled down songwriting representing Oliver’s strongest work to date.
Oliver’s meld of lo-fi folktronica and wonky indie pop spans from deep delicacy, evoking the ghosts of Mark Linkous or Elliot Smith, to the woozy widescreen other worldliness of Aerial Pink and Deerhunter. But above all, Oliver’s multi layered sonic and lyrical world is very much of his own making, tackling the usually uneasy peace between analogue and digital atmosphere, mixing organic instrumentation and orchestral flourishes with bit crushed synths and rough cut loops to create his beautiful, swirling world.
In October 2015, Oliver signed an investment deal with Amplify Music with the express intention of finding the right label partner for the new album.
NEW ALBUM (UNMASTERED)
SAMPLER FROM PREVIOUS RELEASES
SELECTED PRESS QUOTES
”Oliver Wilde's second album is as ethereal and dreamy as they come..Truly magical stuff" 8/10 NME
"His admirers are right to think Wilde has fabulous talent at his disposal..he'll be a world beater” The Guardian
"Oliver Wilde is the kind of talent that comes along very rarely; the type which should be cherished and encouraged at every muffled step." 17/20 Crack
"Nothing short of fascinating... a f*cking grand achievement" DIY
"Oliver Wilde eschews all the fashionable hallmarks of the current mainstream in favour of a pallet that’s as much nostalgic and familiar as it is entirely of his own creation" 9/10
Louder Than War
"This is intricate music that never sounds labored, widescreen yet intensely personal, somnambulent yet breathlessly alive.." Stereogum
"His debut album is one of the best we've heard so far this year" The Guardian
"Basically, it's the perfect debut album...." Loud & Quiet
"The album feels like an amble through a magical mist...flittering guitars appear through the smog like gilded butterflies.." 4/5 The Fly
"We’re more than happy to take a punt on his first LP being the DIY sleeper hit of summer 2013". The Line Of Best Fit
"Woozy to the core, but with an innate ear for a sweetly melodic pop hook.." NME
"Oliver Wilde is the man. Seriously. He's made one of the best debut albums I've heard in a long long time. Yeah, that good..Imagine Deerhunter teaming up with mark Linkous in a bid to try and break your heart rather than your face. Beguiling, beautiful, compelling...."
"Things are really heating up for the now Bristol-based producer and musician...a tantalising taste of what could well be one of this summer’s big sleeper hits" Notion
"Few songwriters are able to connect to those murky, unavoidable pasts that we all try to bury, yet Oliver manages to coax them out with earnest delicacy, and Oliver has triumphed in the genre-blending stakes..stunning song that needs no introduction but I love it so much, that I went and wrote about it anyway." GoldFlakePaint
"You'll find it difficult not to fall in love with Oliver Wilde....his mix of glitchy gloom-pop will extract all of the melancholy euphoria you can muster. With nods to legendary songsmiths such as Elliott Smith and Nick Drake, Wilde's earnest lyrics and aching vocals prove that he's steadily on his way to joining the superior songwriting ranks". The 405
Stephen Barnes | Upshot Management
Email | 07951158477
Rob Chalice | Coda Agency
Ivano Maggiulli | Brace Yourself
Chris Fraser | Brace Yourself
Tom Bywater | Amplify Music
LP3 - BASIC TIME LINE - 2015/16*
‘Long Hold Star The Infinite Abduction’
*subject to change, guide only
Finish mixing album at Toybox.
Start artwork concept with James Hankins.
Begin artwork - album, singles, online.
Start FADE video - Lauren Orme.
17th REHEARSAL @ LOUISIANA 10-6PM
19th STUDIO - AMENDS/EDITS ON TRACKS
22nd REHEARSAL @ FACTORY - 10-6PM
24th SIMPLE THINGS FESTIVAL, BRISTOL
Complete track order.
Build ‘Tape Machine’ for live shows.**
Create collection of ‘infomercials’*
Video for track 1 completed.
Album artwork completed.
Create other assets - short films etc.
New press photos.
Start new website structure.
Start video for single 1 - James Hankins.
Promo warm up track/PR to online/radio.
Press releases approved.
Potential live shows Bristol/London.
New website up.
Complete extra tracks/B sides.
Begin promo of Single 1 to radio, press, online.
Release video for first single.
Release single 1. Short UK warm up tour - small venues.
Or support tour.
Oliver away in Japan - OPPORTUNITY***
ALBUM RELEASE (UK) - 29th.
Album launch events - art galleries/unusual spaces.
Complete video for single 2.
ALBUM RELEASE (EUROPE/US)
Begin promo of single 2.
UK Festivals/events - ‘Tape Machine Orchestra’.
UK Festivals - full band and stripped down.
Release single 2.
New EP - 1 track from LP/3 new.
Re-release LPs 1 & 2
(plus potential deluxe 3 album package?)
*We are creating a number of short (10-30 seconds long) ‘infomercials’ we can use across socials for push out information on dates, merchandise, releases etc. rather than just having the usual ‘dry’ messaging. These will be badged like they come from a non existent branded satellite TV channel.
**Oli is building a Tape Machine Orchestra - essentially a one piece machine using cassette players and mixer, which he can perform live shows with. A different slant on the usual live shows, giving more scope for places to play, such as galleries, and non music focussed festivals.
***Oli is planning to be in Japan for 2-3 weeks in March, providing an opportunity to do some promotional work there.