words by tom johnson
photograph by molly denton
Before we even get to the music, Bristol’s Oliver Wilde hints at something more, well, fun, on the first track from his new album. In title alone – that K for Kool, the teasing element of the sentiment – it feels somewhat distinct, and so it proves to be…sort of.
Wilde has carved out his own niche of a run of songs and records that have marked him out as one of the foremost experimental pop-writers we currently have on these shores, and the kitchen-sink melodrama of his production is still wildly present, as is his half-whispered, half-buried vocal that gives all of his music such a pertinent sheen. It’s true to say that “You’re So Kool Aid” offers a glimpse in to something new though, the track perhaps as bright and immediate as Wilde has ever sounded.
Released to accompany the announcement of a brand new album, Post-Frenz Container Buzz, out 17th February 2017 via Howling Owl Records, the new track positively bounds through its three-and-a-bit minutes, Wilde once again utilising the psychedelic elements of his minds eye and channeling such things in to a testing but ultimately rewarding burst of floral pop music; all warped instrumental chaos, bending like flowers in a hail storm, and a lead voice that feels as enigmatic as it is wondrous; worlds we never quite understand but ache to be a part of anyway.
Listen below; the pre-order is live now (here).
Oliver Wilde plays two live shows this Spring:
March 23rd – Servant Jazz Quarters, London
March 24th – Thekla, Bristol