Bristol-based Oliver Wilde doesn't create normal music. In fact, some material branded 'intricate' would be made to sound chart-worthy next to this record. His third full-length, Post-Frenz Container Buzz, is as maximalist and bombastic as its retrofuturist artwork; electronic music at its most esoteric.
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Oliver Wilde is a native of Bristol and is another name to add to that city's creative core. Like us he works in a record shop but unlike us he makes albums of messy and wilful lo-fi pop which has been championed by such publication as Beyonce's the Guardian newspaper. With a title such as 'Post-Frenz Container Buzz' it;s easy to see that Wilde is influenced by both Pavement and the Fall. Unlike those two he's just one man. Opener 'Good Kind of Froze' is a kind of racket which merely hints at the notion that you might hear tunes if you delve further. It's true that they are here but Wilde hides them beneath such layers of sonic compost that it's hard to tell sometimes.
He has the bedroom based chunky production down pat and on 'You're So Kool Aid' he has something that could rival Grandaddy's 'AM180' in the insanely catchy synth squiggle stakes. Thing is - Wilde's songs wander so every big hook you are going to prepare to spend a few minutes watching him chase his tail. There's something good under here though. The odd thing about is music is that it's almost commercial, the way the chords change is pretty standard and it's only on songs like 'Smothered' where his wandering hits truly unexpected notes. I wonder what he wants to be - a haunting singer songwriter like Elliott Smith, a prolific pop guy like R. Stevie Moore or wierd -pop rackateer like Ariel Pink. I don't know but watching him figure out which hat fits him sounds like a whole lot of fun to me.
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