Worldview is the professional name of singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist producer Oliver Shaw. The UK musician spent his formative years playing in a series of bands around his hometown of Oxford. In 2002 Oliver launched his solo career. Over the course of the subsequent two decades he released a string of albums exploring his unique blend of classic and modern Pop and Rock styles. His songs address the reality of life in the modern world, from the relationship themes of his debut album “War Years” to the themes of life and mortality of 2014’s “Pop Philosophy.”
Throughout the years, Worldview’s music has appeared on radio shows, podcasts and blogs worldwide. He has been featured in major television productions and received widespread critical acclaim. Shaw cites a diverse array of influences, from the Beatles to Prince, Stevie Wonder and the great Pop, Rock and Alternative bands of the 1980’s and 90’s. A skilled songwriter and composer, the diverse artist mixes genres and musical styles from across the decades into his own distinctive sound. Now, after a six years hiatus, Olvir has returned with a brand new album.
“Young Eyes Burning Bright” is the latest full length release from Worldview, released worldwide to all major streaming services on April 24, 2021. The 10 song collection finds Oliver Shaw dissecting the realities of life in our modern age. From personal and broad ranging societal viewpoints, he tackles both the good and bad of the human condition.
Shaw looks back at the lessons learned in his own life on tracks like ‘Under The Bonnet’, ‘Married Life’ and ‘Sit Me With You.’ Elsewhere he looks at society as a whole. ‘People Person’ is dedicated to popular British politician Jo Cox who was murdered by a white supremacist in 2016. ‘Sniper of Life’ takes stock of the devastating and lasting worldwide effect of COVID-19. The impermanence of life is a recurring theme in the music of Worldview. Songs like ‘It’s What Happens’ and ‘People Just Leave’ ruminate on the realities of mortality, bereavement and the inevitability of both.
Musically, “Young Eyes Burning Bright” pulls inspiration from Worldview’s wide range of influences. From the opening percussive arpeggios, live drums and analog synth of ‘Under the Bonnet’ to the New Order vibes on tracks like ‘A Rothko And Your Face,’ he blends modern Indie with the classic sounds of the pioneers of Rock and Pop. More often than not, the Worldview sound mixes dramatically different styles to create something entirely new. From the melancholy Americana Alt-Pop of “It’s What Happens’ ‘ to the cool experimentation of ‘Certain Love,’ it’s a great listen.
Check out “Young Eyes Burning Bright” in it’s entirety below, or listen on your favorite streaming service. You can also hear “Sniper of Life ” on the Deep Indie Dive playlist. Follow the links below the audio to connect with Worldview. Get on his socials and get in the loop on all of the current and future projects from this diversely talented artist.