Genres:Electronic - Trip Hop/Downtempo, Electronic - Pop, Pop - Electronic, Alternative Pop, Rock - New Wave, Rock - Alternative Pop
Oliver The Penguin started as an unexpected collaboration between Tommy Walter (Eels, Abandoned Pools), & Rie Sinclair (Emmy-Nominated independent composer & Artist) one afternoon in June ‘07 during an attempt to create a mini theme-song for a TV show. Over think-tank walks down Melrose & conversations of relationships, the two conceptualized a side project, which developed into something eerily prolific. The classic example of a chemical reaction by slamming particles of computer guy with sub-structure of starlet in small confined Hollywood space.
Oliver began to morph into a wider concept, as collected samples of the two’s own personal childhood stories became more relevant to the character & music they were creating. Reminiscent of The Postal Service, Frou Frou, & The Bird And The Bee, OTP appeals to a wide range of listeners including an alternative young audience with their underground vibe, soothing melodic tones, & playfulness. Oliver was originally drawn by hired designer Lance Troxel.
Tommy Walter has not actually abandoned Abandoned Pools & continues to dish up mixtures in other collaborations (like recently released Graham Colton). Rie Sinclair twirls various TV & personal music projects, while mixing her debut solo album. The two have already captured their collective pool of fans, who salivate in simple anticipation of more delicious material.