Singer-songwriter Oliver Downes blends intricate, percussive piano playing with instantly hummable melodies and thought-provoking lyrics. Loosely described as chamber pop, his songs explore territory gestured at by artists such as Nick Cave, Kate Bush, Nils Frahm or Rufus Wainwright.
Based in Melbourne, Australia, for his debut album Ultraviolet (2016) Oliver teamed up with New Acoustic trio The String Contingent to create a lush cut of richly orchestrated indie finesse. Hailed as ‘an impressive and eccentric work of baroque pop’ (Tone Deaf), Ultraviolet is a high-fidelity head-trip that forges a musical passage through the darkness into the light.
In late 2017 Oliver undertook a creative residency at the Banff Centre for Creativity and the Arts to write songs towards his second album, The Wheel, which he looks forward to recording in 2018.
“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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