Stephen Oliver’s voice resonates with strength and passion. With the highly original music of Matt Ottley this CD transports us across soundscapes of harmony and disharmony, life and death, peace and violence.
Stephen Oliver’s voice packs all the tonal shifts of a heavy-duty gearbox. The resonance is bedrock; Richard Burton, Dylan Thomas, Ken Nordine rolled into one.
Matt Ottley’s compositions make for a collaboration of high originality, moving effortlessly through modern classical, rock, blues, and jazz notation.
Oliver’s poems challenge, delight, and entertain. Beat for beat, groove for groove, Oliver & Ottley perfectly counterpoint one another. The words and the music deliver exactly what this recording promises: a King Hit.