hmv's Next Big Thing... #61 TVAM
Every Wednesday we recommend a brand new artist who we think you're going to love. This week we bring you a man armed with only a guitar and a television set, better known simply as TVAM...
Who is he?
Not to be confused or associated with the 1980s breakfast TV show that brought us Anne Diamond and Richard Keys, TVAM is actually the recording alias of a guy called Joe Oxley from Wigan, whose unique stage act consists of him alongside a television on one of those stands they used to wheel into your classroom at the end of the school term when your teachers had given up on creating lesson plans. Cleverly though, the images on the screen are synced to a drum machine, making for some very interesting visual effects that pulse and throb in time to the music.
What does he sound like?
He's described his sound as 'post-internet, motivational slime punk'. If that leaves you none the wiser, his music layers the ethereal vocals and distorted, melodic guitars you might associate with My Bloody Valentine, underpinned by some filthy, heavily processed beats and the kind of warped synth sounds you'd find on records by the likes of Black Moth Super Rainbow or Boards of Canada. He's also named documentary maker Adam Curtis as an influence, which makes perfect sense if you've seen the visual collages he uses on stage.
Why should I be excited?
If you're looking for something raw and lo-fi that still retains a strong sense of melody, or if you're into artists like Tobacco or The Oh Sees, this should be right up your alley. He's only released a couple of singles so far on the Static Caravan label, but we like what we've heard so far and think you will too.
Can I hear something?
You certainly can. Check out his track 'Porsche Majeure' below...
(You can also find another TVAM track 'No Explanations' in our download store)