14 April 2022
Artist: OLI SPLEEN
Who: Music project of Darryl W. Bullock
based in Brighton, UK
New album: STILL LIFE
His fourth album, based in part on his experiences of nearly
dying of AIDS-related complications in the summer of 2000.
Oli Spleen: “The album is dark, mysterious and wonderfully atmospheric.
Ten years ago when I was in Paris finalising my debut solo album “Fag Machine”,
I would not have believed that ten years on I’d be five albums in.”
Cover artwork: The cover art is a painting by Sara Abbott of a baby albatross,
dead from plastic consumption. Based on a photograph by Clare Fackler (NOAA
Office of National Marine Sanctuaries). In seafaring folklore, it is thought that he
who kills the albatross will be cursed. This image reflects how we as a species are
dooming ourselves and future generations in our relationship to the environment.
Turn Up the Volume: Oftenly, hard times can be an artistic inspiration for
musicians (for all sorts of artists, actually). It can work or not for the psyche
of the listener. Here it works magnificently.
Spleen constructed 10 sonic paintings about his struggle for life, about
soul-destroying and physical pain, and doubts about the present and
10 heartfelt, tender and very intimate ballads, at times distressing, at times mournful,
but in the end there’s hope, redemption and lust for life. Spleen‘s voice is both doleful
and warm, just like star crooners such as Nick Cave, Father John Misty and The National‘s maestro Matt Berninger sound. Trust me, that gripping. Ten pearls about suffering and surviving. A poignant and riveting work. Don’t miss it.
Relax, sit down and enjoy.
Stream/buy Still Life here…