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Review: Oliver Tank @ Jive


Review: Oliver Tank @ Jive

Ellie Stamelos

Last Friday night, Jive transformed into a hub of ambient electronic goodness for Oliver Tank’s debut album tour. Hailing from Sydney, Tank is known for creating beautifully emotional soundscapes. Having made a name for himself touring nationally and supporting big names such as James Blake and Lorde, Tank’s new album marks his celebrated return to the music scene. Tank’s performance was supported by talented Adelaide artists Mio and Oisima.

Adelaide three-piece Mio took the stage first, delivering a set that packed a punch. Playing their distinctive electronic “dream pop” (think chvrches), the band was the perfect prelude to what was to come later in the night. With powerhouse vocals and energy aplenty, the trio gave the set their all, despite the fact the crowd was quite thin so early in the night. After having some fun with glow-in-the-dark drumsticks, Mio, running a little overtime, wrapped up their set to scattered applause.

Image via Oisima Facebook page

Image via Oisima Facebook page

Next up was Oisima, who took the gig in a different direction. The one-man band transformed the high-frequency vibe leftover by Mio into pure tranquility. Oisima’s sound defies any specific genre; smooth jazz layered with melodic vocals and exotic beats. Playing a few new singles and chatting between songs, Oisima’s unique sound engaged previously uninterested punters, with more people milling around the stage with interest.

Oliver Tank then humbly took the stage, thanking the crowd for supporting his new musical venture. Though the venue was still far from full, Tank’s music was nothing short of mesmerising as he performed songs off new album OT, kicking the set off with new single Charlene.  Though the studio version of the album is already highly emotive, Tank’s live performances of these songs added new layers of depth and intimacy. Not seeming to mind that he wasn’t playing to a full crowd, Tank appeared to lose himself in performing his music, with many in the crowd doing the same. Tank’s soothing yet strong vocals entranced the crowd as he rounded out his performance with songs both old and new, a highlight was a particularly heartfelt performance of Up All Night from Tank's 2011 EP Dreams. Abruptly announcing the end of his one-hour set, Tank thanked us for coming out once more and ended the gig by playing his pretty groovy remix of Snoop Dogg’s Drop It Like It’s Hot (titled Drop It Like It’s Beautiful – check it out below!)

Header image via Oliver Tank Facebook page.