Ollie Trevers officially drops his new EP titled ‘Cordelia’. The first thing that strikes me is the almost breathtaking combination of bell toned guitar and powerful and crooning vocal work by Ollie himself. The marriage of the two is simply astounding. Past that, there is robust songwriting and hook placement. Of note, in particular, is the change between the verse and chorus in the track ‘Can’t Make It Up’. That one really got me in the feels and left me speechless. Each track has pieces that stand out in that magnitude. The songwriting is powerful and the musicianship is to-the-note inspiring. This is a group of musicians that are hungry and not afraid to show it.
London based singer/songwriter Ollie Trevers studied at Leeds College of Music and ICMP. He started writing and performing music at fourteen years old, harboring artistic aspirations from the very beginning. A veteran of the band circuit, Ollie released his first solo EP Saucy Naughty Rubbish in 2018. Stylistically, the record saw Ollie exploring a powerful and energetic blend of post-punk and classic rock. His musical direction has since evolved into the five songs you hear on his new EP Cordelia. It is a kaleidoscopic meeting of styles, channeling punk, alt-rock, prog, blues, folk, and psychedelia. Ollie takes inspiration from artists such as Led Zeppelin, Ella Fitzgerald, Edith Piaf, Tim Buckley, Jeff Buckley, Pink Floyd, Queen, Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell, and David Bowie. Having only performed with his new band since March 2019, Ollie toured in the South of France a few months later. He plans to tour Britain, Europe, and Nashville throughout 2020.
Cordelia evokes themes of heartache, melancholia, catharsis and emotional claustrophobia. It is about feelings that often transcend our ability to describe them in words. With his idiosyncratic ear for melody and hooks, and a dynamic sense of opposites (light and dark, loud and quiet, bitter and sweet, etc.), Ollie Trevers fires a salvo of emotionally charged numbers that cull influence from across the spectrum of popular guitar music. Cordelia is a narrative of heartbreak, showing the duality of relationships and their untimely endings. It is an exploration of unrequited love and its causes and effects: depression, addiction, disillusionment, and longing.
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