At inception a lone bedroom producer and songsmith, subsequent releases have seen Oliver Wilde surround himself with a cast of multi-instrumentalists; Hugo Bishop, Caelia Lunniss, Connor Jones and Andrew Hutchin all support Wilde’s woozy guitar and vocals with layers of electronics, whirly synths and a mixture of acoustic and sampled percussion. 

Where are they from?

Originally from Swindon, Wiltshire, Wilde and his cohorts are now based in Bristol. 

Who do they sound like?

Downer pop; a unique concoction of lo-fi fuzz, blissed-out folk and glitchy electronica, filtered through an opioid-induced dream. 

Songs to get you started?

Perretts Brook (2013), Second Hand Self Help Tape Deck (2013), Home (2013), St. Elmo’s Fire (2014), Vessel (2014), Bifida (2016).

What are they doing now?

Oliver Wilde is due to release his latest extended play ‘Long Hold Star An Infinite Abduction’ on 6th May through Howling Owl Records, in anticipation of a full-length release in late 2016.

Bonus Facts:

  • New EP ‘Long Hold Star An Infinite Abduction’ is culled from sessions recorded in 2014 at an ever-evolving art installation at Land’s End, Cornwall, owned by band member Hugo’s Mum.
  • Since the 2014 sessions, Wilde has been effectively inactive after being diagnosed with the rare virus Cardiac Sarcoidosis, which caused scarring to his heart.
  • Wilde joined Huw Stephens for a BBC Radio 1 Maida Vale session in 2014 and continues to receive regular airplay on BBC 6 Music.
  • A 2015 Christmas single was released in collaboration with another Bristolian musician, E B U, entitled ‘Yuletide’.
  • Wilde was awarded best artwork of the week from Creative Bloq for both ‘A Brief Introduction to Unnatural Lightyears’ and ‘Red Tide Opal in the Loose End Womb’, with contributions from local artist Robin Stewart, Howling Owl Records founding member Adrian Dutt (also of the band Spectres), and Howling Owl artistic collaborator James Hankins.

This Oliver Wilde article was written by Chris Tothill, a GIGsoup contributor.

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