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London-based singer/songwriter Olly Chamberlain holds nothing back on his sophomore EP. Independently out today, 7/7/2017, Fear is a beautifully balanced mix of pain and joy. Rich, soulful melodies blend into vivid lyrics as Chamberlain establishes himself and his formidable talent.
Falling into the cycle
Spiraling deep into my core
Take flight, I want to run away
Out of the madness
That is here
Listen: ‘Fear’ – Olly Chamberlain
Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering Olly Chamberlain’s Fear EP, whose sweet melodies and lush indie pop licks promise to bring you on a freeing emotional excursion. Title track “Fear” immediately asserts the artist’s polished and personal presentation: Chamberlain’s singing burns with passion as he jumps from evocative chest voice to his beautifully full falsetto. The young artist sounds like a seasoned R&B crooner, his howls melting over smooth electronic textures.
Here comes the fear
Messing with my sanity
Choking up my lungs so I can’t breathe
Here comes the fear
Everywhere that I turn
I can see the war run on my screen
“Spiritual” runs in a similar pop vein to “Fear,” a traditionally-written verse/chorus song that pushes its release through a direct lyricism. This cohesion allows for a fuller understanding of Chamberlain as a 2017 indie pop prodigy: He resembles a lesser Troye Sivan or (dare I say?) Sam Smith, striving to reach the maximum impact that these stars seem to so effortlessly deliver on every haunting ballad.
The Shibui Nights-remixed “Hold Onto You” glams up the singer’s previous single, adding electronic elements that give it new life amongst Chamberlain’s new material. Final track “Crash and Burn” suggests a Justin Timberlake influence; this burning ball-buster is a perfect end-of-night slow-down, but it leaves us wanting more.
Channeling the sexier side of electronica and R&B, Olly Chamberlain has massive vocal talent – that much is indisputable. Yet his Fear EP feels much more like a single than it does a fully-fledged exposition of potential, its vision limited to a two-sided scope that this artist will need to breach in order to spread his wings and fly. Nevertheless, “Fear” is a glittering, glitchy and glamorous pop gem that deserves the attention, and provided he continues to explore the depths of his own musicality, Olly Chamberlain has a bright future ahead of him.
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