Howling Owl Records – February 17th
Somewhere between bewildering and familiar is where Oliver Wilde’s music lies. Following a long break from music, he’s back with his third full-length record, Post-Frenz Container Buzz, marking a significant step forward both sonically and personally. Although he continues to create reluctant, downtrodden bedroom pop, these songs are easily the most accessible he’s written yet – lead single ‘Good Kind of Froze’ follows a galloping groove doused in distortion and theatrics that isn’t far off the delivery of Sparklehorse or Alex G.
But the time lapse between then and now has forged a new relationship between him and his lyrics. Before, Wilde buried issues he couldn’t face into complex musical auras, but now he’s tackling them head-on with the help of cliché pop structures. Undoubtedly his most complete record to date, Post-Frenz Container Buzz is a body of work that reveals more as it goes on – about Wilde, his view of the world and his new lease of life.
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