Published on July 19th, 2018 | by Guest Editor0
Rock-n-Soul artist Olivier St. Louis previews debut LP with ‘Wondering Wanderer’
Following UK and world tours supporting Laura Mvula and Oddisee respectively, playing Sonar this year, and collaborating with a varied list of producers/artists such as Hudson Mohawke, Bibio, Jazzanova (on unreleased album The Pool), Onra and C2C as a singer/songwriter, the Washington DC-born, Berlin-residing Olivier St. Louis now previews his debut LP with Wondering Wanderer.
Wondering Wanderer opens with Olivier’s infectious guitar riff where he asks ‘I don’t have no answers, I don’t ask no questions’. The drumbeat struts into the mix, and the off-beat rhythm guitar accompanies with further sass. The track doesn’t hold back in its assertiveness, and the chorus is no exception; St. Louis’s falsetto vocal melodies state ‘Wondering Wanderer’ – where he questions our ability to find ”self” in a world “buzzing with the ever-increasing noise of the web”. His vocals hold a husky passion and demonstrate an impressive scope. The snappy 3-minute feat maintains an excellent pace with its punchiness – a seamless forward to what else Olivier St. Louis has in store through the run-up to his debut LP.
Here’s what Olivier had to say about the track:
Just because I’m wondering, doesn’t mean I’m lost”…
In a world buzzing with the ever increasing noise of the web; silence to find “self” is becoming a space of imagination. With fear of failure and the lie of instant success, individuality is more dependent on subscription rather than the sum of one’s influences. Now realizing the “authentic you” is less “whom am I?” and more “who am I like? “. The vale of virtuality thickens. Stepping out on a REAL limb is now just “too risky”.
Within this binary Babel exists the ‘few’. Those with a sense of purpose, who despite imminent pitfalls, are willing to wander the desolation of the unknown in search of real meaning.
“Just because I’m wandering doesn’t mean I’m lost”.