Whenever I visit my grandma, she always complains that my generation is anti-social (and stuff), and that disconnect can be frustrating. I try to explain the fast forward culture we live in, but the more I explain it, the more it seems terrible. This is going to be the last Tape Tuesday for at least a month, and ironically, it’s partially because I don’t want to live in fast forward anymore. I want to slow things down, evaluate, enjoy, and understand. Last night on Twitter, people were already criticizing Childish Gambino‘s Because the Internet, which is an album that I’ll need at least a week of consistent listening to understand. And that’s the problem. I feel like people don’t want to understand anymore, and lately I have become obsessed with understanding. See, I sound like my grandmother now. I don’t know which way of thinking is right or wrong, but I’m starting to understand what my grandma’s talking about.
- Vök – Before
- Teen Suicide – Haunt Me (X 3)
- Slaughter Beach – Spinning Globe
- Saint Raymond – Fall at Your Feet
- Yasmin Green – Into the Night
- Childish Gambino – Telegraph Ave.
- River Tiber – The City
- Avan Lava – So F*kt Up
- ≈MAXO≈ – HEALTH POP
- ceo – Whorehouse
- Default Genders – Stop Pretending
- Sportsman – Champagne
- Oliver Tank – Time Slows Down When You Walk Into The Room
- Alice Boman – Waiting
- Sway Clarke II – I Don’t Need Much
- Hayden Calnin – Coward
- The Holidays – All Time High
- Sleepy Dreamers – Bike Song
- Twin Forks – Cross My Mind
- Chance Waters – Bonnie (ft. The Griswolds)
- Francis and the Lights – Like A Dream
- D.A. – Farm
Something you tossed out is everything I want, something you’re dismissive of is the reason I wake up…
I have to be honest, when I first saw this I scoffed–“who in their right mind,” I thought to myself, “could even hope to do justice to Sound of Silence with a cover?” I was forced to change my thinking almost immediately, because what Oliver Tank and Fawn Meyers have created here is absolutely incredible. It’s less of a cover and more of a reinterpretation, and the chilling, eery production over which they sing only vaguely sounds like the original. It’s mysterious and slightly dark, and I hope Simon and/or Garfunkel hear it one day–I do not think they will be disappointed. You can catch Oliver on tour with James Blake.
I literally listened to this, and this only, for an entire day on repeat when it dropped. Like GOT DAMN this is an anthem. All three verses are on point, and Drake‘s hook is catchy as always. I think I have to give it to Tity Boi as far as best line goes…his sneezing “Givenchy” followed by “Bless you” is absolutely hilarious. Some of the stuff he comes up with is just absurd. Sean kills it, and it was originally going to be on his album, but Drake thought it was too good (it is) to give away, keeping it for his upcoming album Nothing Was the Same, dropping in September.
Cass Lowe is incredibly talented, and at different points in this song there were about 7 or 8 different genres I was going to peg this in. First I thought it was R&B, then I thought it was electronic, then I thought it was indie rock, the list goes on. Needless to say, Cass has mastered the ability to blend genres, and his talent carries throughout. This song has a little bit of something for every taste. Look out for Cass, I think he has the potential to be really popular. What a voice. Oh yeah PS…the video is awesome too.
To say the least, this is not the kind of music I usually listen to. That being said, this song is (almost) embarrassingly catchy. The Swede’s music is pretty much straightforward pop music, but it has a little more spunk and flare than the majority of the stuff you will hear on the radio. Would not be surprised at all to see Marlene, and perhaps even this song, take off on the radio in the future.
Hypothetical question: would it make me more or less cool if, when I read this title, I started singing “Dust in the Wind” to myself, sitting alone in my room? Because that may or may not have happened. Listening to this single from Carousel makes me think I’m a cool kid in the early 80’s, driving in a convertible with the prom queen, rocking a baby blue ruffled tuxedo. That’s all you need to know.
“Where was Oliver Tank a few months ago when we needed him?” you might cry out as your hair gets drenched from the storm that is only above your head. “I don’t know!” your friend might shout from the distance. Well, “Sound of Silence” makes it quite clear that Oliver was hard at work on new music. This cover picks up right where he left off with “Help You Breathe” and the, well, breathtaking Dreams EP. This Simon & Garfunkel cover is an euphoric exploration of sound and space. Maybe just listen to it.
Aside from this cover, he has a Slow Motion Music EP coming out sometime after his shows across Australia supporting the modern legend James Blake.
I recently started doing “freelance graphic design” work (in quotes because what). Part of me hates it. Selling stuff that you make is an odd business and perhaps an even odder reason to call a mixtape Voyeurism. As soon as money is involved, people are suddenly interested in your process and want to overlook your creative reaches. I’ll be the first to admit that I make horrible covers all the time, but I know that and put pressure on myself to improve. Added, exterior pressure is completely unnecessary.
I promise this mix isn’t as self-involved as its title. It includes a super fun Snoop Dogg/Oliver Tank mash-up made by Oliver, a solo track by Yeezus producer Arca, an interlude by one of my favorite beatmakers Ta-ku, the best song from Observer Drift‘s free album, a hilariously out of place Death Grips song, and the most hardcore closing tracks of all time. Voyeurism is a freakin’ adventure.
- Wise Blood – Alarm
- Oliver Tank – Drop It Like It’s Beautiful
- Arca – Love You in Chains
- Ramsay Almighty – Vampire
- Ta-ku – Chop
- SAFE – Normal Needs
- Ang Low – Life Goes Down
- Sleeping At Last – You Are Enough
- TV Girl – My Girlfriend
- Observer Drift – Binary Love
- Black Moth Super Rainbow – Old Yes
- Death Grips – Bitch Please
- GROUPLOVE – Ways to Go
- Bipolar Sunshine – Blossom
- Raleigh Ritchie – A Moor
- Jack Magma – SuperPowers
- Arctic Monkeys – Do I Wanna Know
- Young Fathers – I Heard
Sometimes we live too fast as it seems, we don’t even look around
When people talk about the male Imogen Heap, they talk about nobody because that would be weird. But if they were to talk about somebody, it would be Oliver Tank. Last year, the young Australian quickly became a Sunset favorite after his Dreams EP and Snoop Dogg cover (below). Earlier today, he premiered a new track on Earmilk, and Sunset is here to pick up its sloppy seconds. “Help You Breathe” is a surreal experience that will make outer space and oceans seem like the same thing. What does that even mean? Doesn’t matter. You’ve just been Oliver Tank-ed.
BONUS! This is easily one of my favorite covers ever.
Well folks, we made it. 2012 has come. There were rumors that the world was going to end on May 21st, 2011. But it didn’t. So that’s cool.
I don’t know about yall, but I’m really fucking excited to see what 2012 brings for music lovers such as you and me. This month, I’m going to be keeping my eye on three artists who I believe are only scratching the surface with their talent right now. These artists are going to be big. Quote me. It’s happened with artists we’ve chosen in the past (some include Fitz & The Tantrums, The Tallest Man on Earth, Yelawolf, Tennis, Childish Gambino, Odd Future, Cults, Youth Lagoon and more)
I think it was last year. I don’t even know because clearly I’ve repressed the memory. I humiliated myself. I don’t want to talk about what I did, but it was just a disaster. I felt like it was the end of the world. Instead of dealing with the problem at hand, I ignored it and buried it in the depths of my memory, while I worked on other things, trying to keep my mind off of the situation. It’s kind of what I do. I started a music blog, and one of the mixes I made on it was called nostalgia, ULTRA, named after Frank Ocean’s awesome mixtape. Anyway, I looked back on my iTunes and dug up some of the songs from that and stuck them on this mix. THE END OF THE WORLD is a rehashing of an embarrassing moment in my life. It contains both old and new songs and is super personal and dear to me. Be sure to download it and play it one year from tomorrow. Honestly, that was just a coincidence.
- Passion Pit – Tonight, Tonight (Smashing Pumpkins Cover)
- Don Trip – Cheers (jj’s Save Our Souls Remix)
- Dan Mangan – The Indie Queens Are Waiting
- Oliver Tank – Beautiful (Snoop Dogg Cover) (ft. Fawn Myers)
- Common – The Believer (ft. John Legend)
- Shy Girls – Gonna Get My Name Back
- Jai Paul – BTSTU (Edit)
- recess – love in the streets of bklyn.
- Michael Cera’s Interlude
- Ed Sheeran – You Need Me
- The Killers – Mr. Brightside (Cry Wolf Remix)
- Moby – The Day (Yeasayer Remix)
- Foster the People – Miss You
- Electric Guest – Troubleman
- Grouplove – Tongue Tied
- Skizzy Mars – Shangri-La
- Fibes, Oh Fibes! – Cerahtonia
- 2AM Club – Tell Her Hi
- Macklemore and Ryan Lewis – The End
- Youth Lagoon – Goodbye Again (John Denver Cover)
- The Tallest Man On Earth – The Drying of the Lawns
- Wintersleep – Weighty Ghost
You whispered, “Don’t you love music? It’s such a gift, and I’ll give it to ya. But you gotta use it.”
This is awkward. I don’t know what to say here. I mean, 2011 was a great year for music. You know that. Justin Bieber started rapping. How could it not be a great year for music?
As you scroll through this list, I hope you actually read whatever stuff I wrote. I mean, I usually find myself just looking at other blogs’ posts instead of actually reading them, so I understand if you just want to skip ahead to the music. Just know that I’m like you: I love good music. Hopefully as you read my short reviews, you’ll hear my words echo your thoughts, and you’ll be able to relate to them. Even more importantly than that, however, I hope you consider each of my choices carefully and judge it on your own grounds. The goal of this list is to share. Hopefully, it’ll add some new music to your collection, while starting
arguments animated discussions about your favorites of the year down below.
Hit continue reading to see the lists and hear a sample from each mixtape and EP.
Oliver Tank is one of my favorite finds of 2011. When I saw that he released a new EP via Yes Please Records, I nearly jumped out of my seat to grab it. I haven’t been up to date on the newest music lately because of my big cross-country move, but new music from Oliver Tank is one of the first things that I needed to hear and download. The first song on the EP, “Up All Night,” is incredible. It sounds like other Oliver Tank songs, with that beautiful falsetto vocal inclusion over some soothing electronic instrumentals. It’s dreamy, serene, and sweet all the same. I love it.
The second song, “Embrace,” is a bit more experimental and features a female vocalist by the name of Fawn Myers. It’s got a repetitive instrumental background, but they explore a melody on the vocals that takes you on a trip through your own mind, peaking into different areas as it goes.
You can purchase the entire Oliver Tank EP for a price of your choice over at the Bandcamp page.
Can you teach me how to dance…real slow?
Oliver Tank. Twenty-one years old, Australian, mop-headed. Musician. The adjectives can keep coming, but all of them lead Oliver Tank to be unassuming of so much talent. I’ve compared him to Bon Iver and James Blake. He doesn’t seem to get the comparison, but I think that’s just him being humble. The second I heard his music, I had to talk to him. Who is he? Where did he come from? Where does his music come from? Why am I just now hearing of him? Why oh why is he so talented? Well, wishes came true and I got a chance to toss a few questions at Mr. Tank. We discussed everything from his musical interests, inspirations, and sexual fantasies. Well..okay…maybe that’s extreme. Read on; find out for yourself.
Lydia: Well hello, Oliver. Thanks for talking to me. To start out with, I’d like to ask a question that I received from a fan of yours…who just so happens to also be a fan of this music blog. What did you listen to as a kid?
Oliver: My mum and dad used to have a huge collection of music on tapes, I remember listening to stuff like Simon and Garfunkel and Michael Jackson when I was really young. In primary school I listened to Blink 182, Eminem and Limp Bizkit. As a matter a fact ‘Chocolate star fish and the hotdog flavoured water’ was the first album I ever bought.
Lydia: Nice! I’m a huge fan of Simon and Garfunkel. So can you tell me where the inspiration for your music comes from?
Oliver: I try really hard to create something unique and original, I feel like at the moment the most original music being made is electronic music. So that is where my inspiration comes from. Artists like Nosaj Thing, Boards of Canada, Jon Hopkins and the list goes on.
Lydia: And where do you typically write and record your music?
Oliver: Mostly in my bedroom, sometimes at uni [*Lydia insert: that’s college for those of us who only speak Americano] but the majority of time I just do it at home.
Lydia: Simple as that, huh? Incredible. Can you explain the song “Last Night I Heard Everyting In Slow Motion?” What does it mean to you? When did you write it? Is there a story behind it?
Oliver: A lot of people ask me questions about this song. It was actually a uni assignment, originally it didn’t have strings in it and I felt it was a bit lacking so I asked a friend of mine to add strings and she did a fantastic job. Thank god I put them in cause it really makes the song.
The song itself is about being unsure about something to the extent that it plagues and consumes you.
As far as the name goes, I was at a friends house drinking and getting blazed and I remember listening to “One” by Ratatat, I could swear I was hearing it in slow motion. So I wrote down in my phone “Last Night I Heard Everything in Slow Motion” knowing that I would read it the next day having no idea what I was talking about. I felt like it suited the song so thats what I called it.
Lydia: Wow. Well it’s artistic and unique. Thanks for sharing the story. Badass.
Is there anybody out there who you dream of working with?
Oliver: I’d love to work with some hip hop artists from the US. Weezy, Snoop, Dre. I really like the production aspect of hip hop and I feel like my music combined with theirs could be something really cool and original. Of course I’d love to work with electronic artists like James Blake as well.
Lydia: Okay and who do you straight up dream of?
Oliver: Straight up, I dream of fish and waterfalls.
Lydia: I have compared you on Sunset in the Rearview to Bon Iver and James Blake. How do you respond to this?
Oliver: I don’t really think I sound like either of them that much. I guess I had it coming using auto-tune and I was listening to a lot of James Blake when I was making “Last Night…” I think they are both phenomenal artists so it’s a huge compliment, but I’m just doing my own thing. The EP which will be out soon has a pretty original sound I think.
Lydia: I really look forward to hearing it. I trust you can pave your own path. Let’s take a little turn here. Katy Perry or Lady Gaga?
Oliver: Katy Perry, but mostly because I don’t like Lady Gaga.
Lydia: Me neither. I don’t think. But I’m scared she might come after me for saying that. Slap me in the face with some raw meat or something. Who am I kidding…I am nobody to her. Here’s another: Tupac or Biggie?
Oliver: Probably Biggie. Other than that I much prefer West Coast.
Lydia: All the way from Australia, and partial to West Coast. Awesome. Biggie for life.
I highly recommend listening to Oliver’s music. It’s an incredible experience. I expect a large future for this young musician.
I’m not kidding, guys. Oliver Tank is going to be big. And when that happens, I’m going to retire, take myself to the beach with a towel and a bucket of beers and let the sun and the waves be my forever friend. Tell me this song isn’t beautiful and doesn’t hold your hand and run you through your memories of skipping down rocky roads in your childhood days. I’m putting this on repeat. Right next to the other Oliver Tank song I posted this week. Oh good god, I’m onto something.
ON THAT NOTE, I’m interviewing Mr. Oliver Tank this week. Please let me know what you want answered! Comment with some questions…c’monnnn, let’s hear ’em! (Don’t worry, I’ve already got this one on the list: Would you rather hear everything in slow motion for a night or dream of fish and waterfalls?)
Hello…Justin Vernon? James Blake? Are you reading this? I’ve found a new person who needs to be added to the James Blake/Bon Iver collaborative. His name is Oliver Tank; he’s an Australian producer and he has released a song called “Last Night I Heard Everything in Slow Motion” that has caught my attention not just for it’s incredibly poetic name, but also because it’s absolutely stunning. And hell, it sounds a lot like something you guys would put out. I know Justin has gotten flak for using autotune when clearly his voice is self-sufficient, but frankly, I think autotune gets flak because it’s used the wrong way far too often. It can be quite an ingenious sound when used in the right scenario. T-Pain? Not the right scenario. Oliver Tank? Right scenario. Wow; this song is blowing my mind. Hello, replay button. It’s been a while. Nice to see you, too.