ALT 98.7 New Music Discovery: Oliver Tree "Hurt"

Oliver Tree, the L.A.-based genre-defying singer/songwriter/producer, is back with a brand new hard-hitting single and video titled, “Hurt.” The single showcases Oliver’s unique blend of alternative/electronic production along with his energetic, edgy vocals. “Hurt” is accompanied by a gripping companion video which sees Tree crucify himself on his signature Razor scooter while cruising around Ukraine. Watch now at Oliver’s official YouTube channel here. 


Following the success of his groundbreaking EP, Alien Boy, Tree is now gearing up to release his debut full-length album, Ugly Is Beautiful, inearly 2019. To support the album, he will kick off his sold-out nationwide headline “Ugly Is Beautiful” tour this February. The tour features stops at iconic venues including The Roxy in Los Angeles, Chicago’s Lincoln Hall, Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg and wraps up with a performance at SXSW in Austin, TX. 


Tree’s Alien Boy EP was released in Spring 2018 and saw an impressive debut at #5 on iTunes. The EP’s lead singles “Alien Boy” x “All That” were accompanied by a hilarious companion video where Tree can be seen cruising around on everything from a Razor scooter to a monster truck. The video has racked up over 9 million views to date – watch here. 


In 2017, Tree joined close friend and collaborator, Whethan, on select dates of The Chainsmokers’ “Memories” Tour and also teamed up with Louis The Child on select dates of their nationwide tour, including a sold-out show at Los Angeles’ famed Hollywood Palladium. This tour was just the next on the ever-growing list of live shows for Oliver Tree since making his festival debut with solo sets at Lollapalooza and Outside Lands. 


Having made a striking debut with a visionary, Thom Yorke-approved cover of Radiohead’s “Karma Police,” Tree has shaken up the music scene with featured collaborations including Whethan vs. Oliver Tree’s “When I’m Down” and Getter’s “Forget It (feat. Oliver Tree).” Tree lit up Coachella with his distinctive look – featured in LA Weekly’s “The Best (And Weirdest) Fashion at Coachella 2017” – and memorable live appearance alongside frequent collaborator Whethan. In addition, Tree made his network television debut by joining Getter for a live rendition of “Forget It” on NBC’s Last Call with Carson Daly. 


Huffington Post has applauded his work as “an enigma of genre. While (Tree is) primarily a pianist, guitarist and producer, his real-instruments-based-production incorporates rap, male and female vocal harmonies, poetic lyrics, strings and a hearty dose of synth…as much philosopher as musician, and a big dreamer at that, (Tree’s) goal is to push the art form forward, and beyond the electronic scene, he aims to have his work reach the world and in doing so, better his listeners’ lives,” while NYLON encourages everybody to “get weird to the sweet, sweet sounds of Oliver Tree.” 

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