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Ollie Wride

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The lush, synth pop meets art rock project of English songwriter / performer Ollie Wride. More commonly known as lead vocalist and songwriter for San Francisco based FM-84, penning 80s inspired pop anthems “Running In The Night”, “Never Stop”, became one of the more influential artists of the “retro-wave” genre.
Ollie Wride’s fascination with memories, nostalgia’s pin up’s and assuming character led concepts of triumphing over adversity are on full display with an adrenaline filled debut LP.
“It’s very self aware, I’m turning the pen on myself right out the gate. I had the opportunity to lay down a series of songs delivered with total sincerity and precision — and less of a hazy love letter fiction. Discomfort, the restlessness of what is expected of a generation now in the twilight of their twenties… coupled with life’s little victories that keep us in pursuit of happiness.
“Thanks In Advance”, is a balancing act that delves into the hallmarks of vintage pop, whilst keeping a firm eye on the world today. For me as a writer, the appeal of nostalgia, creatively at least, lies more in the absence of self consciousness and the freedoms, rather than adhering to the same blueprints”.
Written and self-produced, Wride’s debut album largely steers the ship away from a historically well visited landscape whilst never becoming abstract . And instead celebrates the diversity and a willingness to expand within “the genre”.

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