Beautiful, that’s the only way to describe ‘Lockdown’. This is the saddest song, although it has the a sort of joyful sadness in the music that makes it compulsive listening. Before we go any further I think it needs a word of explanation. Listen to the lyrics – and the words in this song are so so important – and you may not be able to work out quite what it’s actually about. I couldn’t anyway. But once you know that Oliver says, “’Lockdown’ is about falling out of love with something you thought you’d love forever and how slowly your love will just fade away”, it all makes sense.
The arrangement is simple, there are swells of guitar, drums, keys and cello but Oliver lets the words and his voice do the work and it’s all the better for than. But there’s more to the arrangement than that, it follows the story, the music fits the story.
There are moments on this track where the sheer intensity of it almost is too much, it reaches a point where listening to it is almost painful but there’s a pull back, the sounds swells and that chorus, a chorus that gets into your head, comes in.
You’ll find yourself waiting for that moment when, close to the end, Oliver sings over a shimmering cymbal and the chorus over a stripped down arrangement. And then it just ends, there’s no fade, one moment it’s there and the next gone.
If you like your songs to be thoughtful and thought provoking this is for you. If you like your songs incredibly beautiful and full of emotion, this is for you.
The single is available on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/7pIiaxX7ozHbmaAaBLN6Ri
On the single Oliver is accompanied by his four-piece band (consisting of himself on guitar, keys and vocals, a cellist, a guitarist and a drummer).
They will be back playing shows across the UK in 2018.Oliver and his band will play Hyde Park Book Club in Leeds on June 13th, with other shows to be confirmed.
Music Glue: https://www.musicglue.com/oliver-pinder/