Bryan Sammis has worn a multitude of hats throughout his musical career – from being one half of buzzy duo La Bouquet to drumming in indie-pop outfit The Neighbourhood – but today we turn our focus to the new release from his solo project, Olivver the Kid.
"HiLo" is an explosive shot of nostalgia painted in vivid technicolour – about as different from The Neighbourhood's meticulous monochrome as possible whilst still under the indie-pop umbrella. Where Sammis' previous EP under the Olivver moniker – The Boy Who Cried Wolf – had a similarly pacy, electric feel, there's an optimistic twist to this new release that hints at a different direction. With punchy, driving drums and a throbbing synth backdrop reminiscent of College, "HiLo" also features vocals from cowriter Olen Kittelsen of Calfornian band Armors on its bridge.
"'HiLo' is a song about nostalgia and reflecting on your youth," Sammis explain. "It is a song about the highs and lows of our lives that have led us to where we are and learning to embrace those feelings. I chose a photo from when I was young and carefree to be the single art because it is a picture and feeling I often find myself trying to emulate."