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Oliver James Brooks Releases 4th Studio Album "In A Little Long While"

Updated: Nov 28, 2023

Drawing inspiration from musical legends such as Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Joy Division, and Elliott Smith, Oliver James Brooks has carved out his own niche in the industry. Hailing from the rich music scene of Toronto, Brooks has consistently delivered raw, organic, and authentic sounds that resonate deeply with listeners.

Following the release of his 2021 release, "Storm Chasing," which garnered critical acclaim, his latest offering is poised to further solidify Oliver James Brooks as a musician to watch. With the release of his fourth studio album, "In A Little Long While." Oliver James Brooks has once again proven his musical prowess. In a world where music often leans towards the polished and overproduced, "In A Little Long While," is a refreshing reminder of the beauty found in imperfection. The album is a testament to his commitment to capturing emotion and creating music that can resonate across a diverse audience. Throughout the project, Brooks invites us to revel in the highs and lows of life while reminding us to savor the joy of being found in the midst of it all. This album is not just a collection of songs; it's a genuine, soul-stirring musical journey crafted by a true artist.

The album, a two-year labor of love recorded in the intimate setting of River Valley Studio (essentially Oliver's living room), is a masterclass in embracing analog imperfections. Utilizing vintage gear from the 70s for recording, mixing, and mastering, the result is a collection of tracks that exude a nostalgic warmth, complete with the wobbles and tape hisses that always seem to add a unique charm and another layer of complexity. What sets, "In A Little Long While," apart is not just its sonic quality but also the thematic depth that Brooks explores. The overarching theme of contrast mirrors the duality of day-to-day life – the feeling of being lost, and the joy of being found. Brooks masterfully weaves these themes into his lyrics, creating a listening experience that is not only musically captivating but emotionally resonant.

A key element in bringing this vision to life was Brooks' collaboration with a group of exceptionally talented friends; including longtime friend Annie Rowlinson on bass, the multi-talented producer and drummer Jack Emblem providing the rhythmic backbone, and Oliver's brother-in-law, Nick Johnston, contributing his skills on the keys. The album was expertly finished and mastered on tape by Joao Carvalho, utilizing his vintage AMPEX ATR-102. The result is a seamless blend of musical talent and technicality all coming together to contribute to the album's overall appeal. When it comes to the final product, Brooks seems pretty confident that he couldn't have done it on his own, saying, "This record would not have come together the way it did without the help of the individuals mentioned above – thanks, guys."

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