I reblogged a cover of Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs track Tapes and Money by a guy called Salvation Bill on my other tumblr that flipped my wig. So much so that I had to go for a dig around to see who this guy was and annoyingly found next to nothing, bar his soundcloud where I discovered an original track The Grifter that completely blew me away.
So I did my usual fan boy ‘accost you with kindness’ thing a few nights ago trying to find out a bit more about Salvation Bill and by the power of the internet I did it!
His real name is Ollie, he was formerly a member of the Oxford based band Ute who had since renamed and reformed as The Old Grinding Young and renamed again as The Grinding Young for pedophile based reasons.
He seems like a nice young chap and has a webpage that isn’t a tumblr. I know, right? Th’ fuck? He’s from Oxford but has an AOL email address and that’s not where the weirdness (in a good way) and mystery ends. There’s only a few drawings on his site, no bio, no fart sniffing self promotion and no other material apart from the two tracks I’d already posted.
So after a few more messages with him he has now put up a tumblr here and a new track Nibiru (see below).
This project is in it’s early days and while there is nothing as exciting as fresh meat I really do think that there is something special going on here. The sound has more influences than you could shake a stick at, there’s touches of classical, soul, gospel, jazz, folk, indie, dubstep even.
The thing that really grabbed me with The Grifter and Nibiru, beyond his achingly heartfelt vocal performances, was his abilities as a story teller. You feel drawn into a world all of his creation, the characters, the sights, the smells all conveyed with beautiful simplicity.
I genuinely can’t wait to see what comes out of this.
Check him out if you like Bon Iver, James Blake, Alt-J or Radiohead.
Find him @