Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Oliver Downes blends intricate, percussive piano with soaring melodies and insightful, sharp-witted lyricism. Loosely described as baroque pop, his music explores territory charted by artists as diverse as Ben Caplan, Kate Bush, Scott Walker and The Dirty Three.
Oliver’s formative years were spent in Sydney, performing with some of the local scene’s best pop and folk musicians. Refining his talents, these experiences crystallised into 2014’s at the end EP, its four tracks by turns melancholy, uplifting, lyrical and opaque.
After the success of at the end, Oliver made the move south to Melbourne in search of further inspiration. After relentless touring and gigging in Victoria’s myriad local music venues, he has now embarked on his most ambitious project to date.
Created following a hugely successful Pozible campaign, Oliver’s debut album Ultraviolet is a lush cut of richly orchestrated indie finesse, offering a sweet blend of dreamy ballads and exhilaratingly kinetic tunes, featuring the talents of art-folk trio The String Contingent.
Self-produced, and recorded with world-renowned engineer Jimi Wyatt, Ultraviolet is a high-fidelity trip traversing the space between instantly familiar chamber pop and the experimental margins of folk, forging a musical passage through the darkness into the light.
“Downes’ compositions and arrangements create nebulous, ethereal soundscapes, deftly woven by the tensile orchestration … Give your mind permission to wander.” ~ TheMusic.com.au
“[‘Ultraviolet’ offers] twinkling piano melodies, subtle percussion work and on-point lyrics [brought] together in a well thought-out, deliberate piece of downtempo pop.” – Hhhhappy
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