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Oliver Birch - Album Review: To Remember

08 Feb 2024 // A review by Kerry MB

Auckland based musician, Oliver Birch is back with his second unveiling, the ten tracked album, To Remember.

Another slab of self-written, produced, mixed and performed by Oliver Birch and confirmed as a concept album about the coming of age, and the trials and tribulations that come along with it.

If you’re not familiar with Oliver Birch, he has a penchant for cross pollinating alternative music with hints of indie and pop, and a generous helping of experimental.

To Remember falls nicely between these lines and showcases Oliver’s talent as a lyricist that brings listeners on a journey that comes from the heart.

The title opening track nods its head to a feeling we can all relate to, the feeling of looking back on the past and the feeling of wanting to relive those experiences. It’s a beautiful number that is delicate and uplifting.

Further in, and a change of pace is an upbeat number, but one that makes you want to move named, In Twenty Somethings. Directly described as “most danceable” by Oliver himself in this conceptual journey, it plays out like a funky ethereal dream. Again, delicate, with pop sensibilities, but heavy on the indie funk with some nicely arranged and solid guitar riffs.

A Walk In The Dark follows a few songs later and is exactly as you might think. The familiar drunken walk home that so many have experienced and the thoughts that follow. It’s again an ethereal dream with some beautiful horn arrangements that add an extra layer of nostalgia.

In summary, To Remember is a sincere and delicate second helping from Oliver Birch that will awaken thoughts, dreams and memories of times past. If you’re a fan of the more alternative and indie with David Bowie persuasions, this one’s for you.

 

About Oliver Birch

Oliver Birch writes about existential angst, the gradual erosion of democracy, and having no friends. These concerns belie the varied, gorgeous, and hopeful instrumental palette utilised in his music, which covers several genres from new-wave, to jazz, to pop.

Every song is written, performed, and produced by Oliver, and each is a deeply personal offering that he shares hoping that others might find comfort in it.


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Releases

To Remember
Year: 2024
Type: Album
Burning Daylight
Year: 2022
Type: Album

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