Olivver – “I Want It”
Bryan Sammis, aka Olivver, is no stranger to the music industry, having been involved in numerous past bands, but known most notably for being the drummer of The Neighbourhood from 2011 to 2014. Feeling the urge to write and perform his own material, he left the band last year to create Olivver The Kid, now shortened simply to Olivver.
Last year’s debut 4-track EP ‘Freak’ solidified his new sound, an alternative pop wonderland featuring his Timberlake-esque vocals along with minimalist instrumentals including subtle guitars, tasteful soars of synths, loops, and heavily-compressed programmed drums. The EP contained two tracks which gained attention, “Lucy (Hurt People Hurt People)” and “Attica ‘71”, and contributed to his selection as a showcasing artist at Austin’s staple SXSW Music Festival in March 2015.
Olivver The Kid
On the first day of the festival, he released his latest single, “I Want It”. His most poppy track thus far, you can hear the influence of N’Sync, Backstreet Boys and LFO in its harmonic blend of vocals and melodies. The track smoothly switches between the energetic choruses, with his soaring falsetto vocals alongside addictive punchy synths, to the chilled-out groovy verses where the deep lyrics hit home. It’s easy to identify with his sentiment, craving a lover from the past that he has lost because of his own wrongdoing.
I Want It
Olivver The Kid
Touring this spring with electronic-pop doll Halsey and radio-friendly indie rockers Young Rising Sons have helped him build his fanbase, and he most recently toured Russia, which he has recounted in this article on the OBEY Clothing blog. Word on the street is he’s working on a full-length, so keep an eye out for that in the future.