|Oli Swan Flies In With Ep!|
|27th April 2021|
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The Act: OLI SWAN
The Release: ‘ALL MY FRIENDS ARE LONELY'
The Format: DIGITAL EP
The Release Date: APRIL 30TH 2021
The Digital Link: orcd.co/oliswan_ep
The Truth: Oli Swan is a British singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist originally from East Anglia and now based in London, England. He is the frontman and guitarist of the exuberantly fragrant live band the Dangerous Creatures. The impeccably-titled 'All My Friends Are Lonely' is his first EP release, and its five track stint sees Oli Swan flying in the face of musical fashion with radiantly melodic results.
If you've encountered his breezily brokenhearted current single ‘Make Me Cry’ and the glum / glam loveliness of the title track, launched back in the midst of the viral New Year madness, then you'll know that Oli Swan isn't so much vogueishly post-punk as vicariously living a pre-punk musical existence. New promo track 'When I'm With You' is certainly cut from the same cheesecloth as its predecessors, nodding knowingly to muscular soft pop tropes of yore, and mixing layers of keyboard loveliness with a gently weeping guitar. Petty Vacant indeed.
“It’s a straight up love song," muses Oli. "I’d wanted to write something like that on the piano for a while. There’s definitely some Todd Rundgren in there. But it’s also about the fear that your happiness is becoming increasingly dependent on one person and that maybe that isn’t the best thing”
Already known by many artists as the go-to ‘guitar guy’ in North London, Oli Swan has been secretly writing and recording his own songs in between studio sessions and ricked Rickenbacker repairs. The end result is a resoundingly empathetic sound which has already received the highest of praise and the airiest of plays from Jack Saunders (Radio One), Tom Ravenscroft (BBC 6Music), Gary Crowley (BBC London), Angelle Joseph (BBC Introducing Suffolk) and Shell Zenner (Amazing Radio), as well as support from indie heroes The Magic Numbers, The Graveltones and Ren Harvieu.
Oh, Oli has also struck up a sensationally unlikely lockdown bromance with HRH of Pop Robbie Williams, who thinks he’s “incredible!” and who took it upon himself to tweet out about the previous Swan song 'Make Me Cry'. The playful flowerpop of 'Stay' and the suave George Harrison lilt of EP closer 'Let It Pass' demonstrate that, much like the heartthrobbing Robster, Oli can definitely show his emotional side:
“It’s a bunch of love songs to be honest," says the singer of the EP. "Coming of age, loneliness, love, heartbreak - it’s all in there. I’m still a sucker for a great love song and I guess I’m trying to reciprocate in my own way. Not very punk maybe but I don’t really give a fuck. And I guess that’s quite punk!
"My band, The Dangerous Creatures, bring a whole different vibe to the songs live. It’s much more bombastic, joyous and fun. And I think that’s what people want from a live show, for it to be fun! I hope we get to take these songs out this year either way…”