Oliver Finds Its Groove With Help From De La Soul, Chromeo & More on Debut Album 'Full Circle'
"We're not really paying attention too much to what's happening with electronic music."
They say you've got your whole life to write your first album, so you might as well be sure it represents all the great musical influences of your life.
Oliver's debut album, Full Circle, is a peek into the duo's sonic souls and, spoiler alert, it's gonna make you wanna dance. It opens like a '70s sci-fi movie with a cinematic, moody intro called “Portrait” that melts into the sleek synth-porn of "Ottomatic." Its pumping beat and screeching guitar will blow your hair out before the song dives into Justice-level electro funk rock.
"It was two different songs that we brought together," says Oliver's Oligee. "The intro is this crazy prog rock thing, that was one separate idea for a track that we had, and the other part was a really quick riff that we did with the synth."
It follows with romantic electro-pop vibes on "Chemicals" featuring MNDR. They explore the intersection of funk, disco and hip-hop on lead single "Heart Attack" with the legendary De La Soul. Things really get steamy when they team with Chromeo on "Go With It" and when Yelle coos in French on the sultry "Heterotopia," the night vibes hit their peak. There's a definite gradient to the album's mood, it's 15 tracks heating up fast and coming down slow and smooth until the final finish.
"Obviously we take influence from all kinds of stuff," adds Oliver's U-Turn. "We're not really paying attention too much to what's happening with electronic music. If we wanna make [something], we should make it, not follow trends or keep up with what's popular. Let's just do this for us, so it's a lil bit self indulgent in that regard."
Full Circle is what a debut album should be, a definitive look at an artist's sound that showcases versatility and variety through the filter of a cohesive musical voice. It's out today via Interscope.