DIY artist on a dark journey

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 09 January, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 09 January, 2005, 12:00am

Local self-taught musician Oliver's second solo album Freddy & King continues his musical quest into darkness.

Reminiscent of the psychedelic sounds of the 1970s, Oliver melds elements of rock and electronic music to make tunes that are both haunting and catchy. All written and arranged by Oliver at home, the songs are a little less gloomy than those on his first album, Grace, but they still cover topics like death and religion. Deus Ex Machina investigates the relationship between humans and our rapidly advancing technology.

Other highlights include Anarchy in H.K and Cadaverous, which feature a surprisingly thoughtful and well-articulated anti-establishment message.

While Oliver is an intelligent musician, he still appears to be looking for his own individual sound. Tracks such as Rock On and Today Is Not Today are nicely arranged and performed, but lack uniqueness.

Oliver has an abundance of ideas but his style needs to be refined.