“Alt. Country flavoured power-pop joy”
“a truly rich musical tapestry”
Contours is the debut EP from Oxford-based indie-pop / Americana outfit, Toliesel, and is the first release from newly established One Note Forever Records. Contours will be available digitally from Sept 16 alongside a limited run of physical editions.
Toliesel’s formation can be attributed to the long-term friendships of singer Jack Olchawski, drummer Nick Seagrave and guitarist Tom Jowett, who during their University years realised that a mutual love for melodic and artistically bold musicians existed between them. After experimenting with sounds alongside friends and fellow musicians, and finally enlisting guitarist Adam James and bassist & producer Gabriele Catalano, Toliesel set about establishing themselves in the ever-thriving music scene of Oxford.
With a mutual love for both the rustic Americana of heroes Neil Young, Midlake and Crosby, Stills and Nash, as well as the bittersweet indie pop of Death Cab For Cutie and Local Natives, Contours’ sound is one that reflects these contrasting inspirations; at moments delicate and reflective, a heartbeat later, pulsing and uplifiting. Frontman Jack Olchawski expands on this ethos behind the EP, “we love bands that are willing to take risks in their music, but equally, we are all aware of the power of an excellently crafted pop song, and we always wanted our sound to feel at ease with both.”
Lead single, ‘Whispered Half Asleep’ sets the precedent; it’s questioning melody, elegant guitar work and glowing chorus, documenting a fleeting feeling of doubt and unease in a relationship, before concluding in a punch of grit and bittersweet resolve. This clash of the beautiful and the melancholy runs right through the EP, from the gentle violas that build and sway on the lilting ‘Lighthouse’, to the anthemic, crushing crescendo of closing piece, ‘Brothers’.
It isn’t just the precise craft of these songs that has seen Toliesel become one of the most talked about acts in Oxfordshire however. In a city that continues to over-achieve, Toliesel are known for their blistering live show, which has seen them support Two Gallants, The Twilight Sad, Sweet Baboo and Ellen & The Escapades, to name but a few.
With the release of Contours, it is time for the wider music-adoring community to hear what has had Oxford buzzing for years.
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Campaign Start: 19.11.2013