Washington DC-born, UK-bred, and of Haitian and Cameroonian heritage, Olivier St. Louis developed an appreciation for a range of different cultures while studying in the remote countryside of England through his early years. Now residing in Berlin – a prolific European hub for music, previewing the upcoming album, he releases Wondering Wanderer.
Following his UK tour with Laura Mvula, and releasing a collaborative EP with Bibio – gaining critical acclaim from Pitchfork and more – Olivier St. Louis (née Daysoul) exhibits diversity through his musical abilities. Collaborating and touring worldwide with the likes of Hudson Mohawke, Oddisee, C2C, Onra, Jazzanova and more, illustrates the artist’s unbounded musical capabilities, reflective in his eclectic upbringing and songwriting. Formerly an underground electro hip-hop scene advocate, through deep introspection, Olivier discovered a love for blues, rock and funk – fitting genres for his potent, wide-ranged vocals – he goes on to finding a classification of his own.
Wondering Wanderer opens with Olivier’s infectious guitar riff where he asks ‘I don’t have no answers, I don’t ask no questions’. The drum beat struts into the mix, and the off-beat rhythm guitar accompanies with further sass. The track doesn’t hold back in its assertiveness, and the chorus is no exception; St. Louis’s falsetto vocal melodies state ‘Wondering Wanderer’ – where he questions our ability to find ”self” in a world “buzzing with the ever increasing noise of the web”. His vocals hold a husky passion and demonstrate an impressive scope. The snappy 3-minute feat maintains an excellent pace with its punchiness – a seamless foreword to what else Olivier St. Louis has in store through the run up to his debut LP.
Here’s what Olivier had to say about the track:
Just because I’m wondering, doesn’t mean I’m lost”…
In a world buzzing with the ever increasing noise of the web; silence to find “self” is becoming a space of imagination. With fear of failure and the lie of instant success, individuality is more dependent on subscription rather than the sum of one’s influences. Now realizing the “authentic you” is less “whom am I?” and more “who am I like? “. The vale of virtuality thickens. Stepping out on a REAL limb is now just “too risky”.
Within this binary Babel exists the ‘few’. Those with a sense of purpose, who despite imminent pitfalls, are willing to wander the desolation of the unknown in search of real meaning.
“Just because I’m wandering doesn’t mean I’m lost”.