Check out first track off Oliver Wilde’s second album, Red Tide Opal In The Loose End Womb

Bristol’s Oliver Wilde, the man for whom the phrase “downer pop songsmith” was quite possibly invented and whose first album made it into “albums of the year” in 2013, has just dropped a track off his highly anticipated second LP, Red Tide Opal in the Loose End Womb. Check it out below. 

Due for release on May 5th through one of Bristol’s most forward thinking DIY labels, Howling Owl Records, the album, titled Red Tide Opal In the Loose End Womb, demonstrates an organic progression from the music of A Brief Introduction to Unnatural Lightyears and sees the artist expanding his sonic experimentation, while also lyrically maintaining the surreal yet intimate imagery that has enraptured listeners ever since he was first introduced to people back in 2012.

Describing the process behind the album, Wilde states:

“Lyrically, ‘A Brief Introduction to Unnatural Lightyears’ felt like a series of introspective, often personal confessions whereas ‘Red Tide Opal In the Loose End Womb’ explores relationships occurring between those close to me and abstract concepts through dreamlike prose. Though, at the heart, Red Tide Opal In the Loose End Womb is still a bedroom recording, musically the overall palette overflows into a wider variety of textures. Also, as a natural progression through developing the live show and entrusting a group of musicians that started out as a ‘backing band’, they then became more involved and enabled me to filter their ideas into my world. Therefore, changing the overall textures and features in some of the recordings. As we become more of a family, I hope we will explore our ideas more collectively in the future.”

The album cab be pre-ordered here:

Listen to album opener, ‘On This Morning’ here and find tour details below it:

Tour dates:

  • 20th March – Oakfood Social Club, Reading (Free Entry)
  • 21st March – Sixty Million Postcards, Bournemouth (Free Entry)
  • 23rd March – Full Moon, Cardiff (Free Entry)
  • 26th March – Nation of Shopkeepers, Leeds (Free Entry)
  • 27th March – Bungalows and Bears, Sheffield (Free Entry)
  • 28th March – Spankys, Nottingham (Free Entry)
  • 3rd April – The Lexington, London
  • 9th May – Colston Hall The Lantern, Bristol
  • 10th May – Great Escape Festival, Brighton


Oliver Wilde’s website is here: Also check out Facebook and Twitter for more up to the minute Oliver Wilde news.

Howling Owl’s website is here: They’re also on Facebook and Twitter.

All words Guy Manchester. More words by Guy can be read here. He tweets as @guid0man & uses Tumblr.

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Guy is a former full time member of the Louder Than War editorial team, who's since moved on to pastures new. Music's been a large part of his life since he first stumbled across Peel on his tranny as a fifteen year old. His whole approach to music was learnt from Peel in fact, which includes having as inclusive a taste in music as possible. Guy devotes most of his time looking for new music & although he's been known to say "the only good music is new music" he pretty much accepts this is bollocks. Favourite band The Minutemen.


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