Oliver Coates is a London based cellist, composer and producer whose career has already seen him attain prestigious accolades such as being artist-in-residence at London’s Southbank Centre. Since 2016 and the release of his Upstepping album, his artistic career has taken him down a very experimental and electronic route as you can hear on his new single Charlev.
Charlev invokes in the listener the sensation of being reminded of a past that never existed; one where the motorik rhythms of early house and techno were blended with the more complex and swelling patterns of classical music. Through what feels like a series of short movements; emotions are stirred, soothed and at times cocooned in a cloak of complex, contradictory musical fibres.
At times stark, at other times rich and beauteous, Charlev is a great example of how music can awaken and enrich the senses.
Charlev is out now via Brooklyn’s RNVG label and you can find out how to stream and download the track here. Oliver Coates will support Thom Yorke on his European and UK tour dates this summer before sharing a hometown stage with Jan Jelinek at The Jazz Cafe in September. Check out his Facebook page for more details.