Life on Loop is the outgrowth of a tremendously productive 2011-12 for Andrew Hamlet. Buoyed by a happy tour of America and the success of his output as Pressed And, the culmination of a longtime collaboration with fellow musician Mat Jones, Hamlet unveils this latest album as his first solo offering under the name Tom Kitty Oliver. To some extent, it is a continuation of ideas first manifest in the collaboration; known for his work as a self-producer and electronic musician, he is nevertheless at pains to avoid the digital meditation of human experience. He describes Life on Loop as “more Ayahuasca journey than weekend shroom fun”. His description is appropriate enough given the tangible cycles that play out across the album and the transcendence he seeks through the interplay of ritual and novelty. Hamlet’s music is organic, textural, and lively in spite of what his interest in repetition might imply. With confidence and devotion he expands his palette, exploring farther and farther into a vein that at its start dogged him with its similarities to the then contemporary expression of “chillwave” as a movement. Really, it was a problem of milieu – his experimentalism gave Hamlet a wider audience than he might have initially hoped for. His conscientious evolution as a musician, from then to now, makes Life on Loop all the more moving a statement of his art.
- Dwight Pavlovic
Impose Magazine Best Free Music of 2012.
Impose Magazine Best Records of June 2012.
"It just enables me to digest. You know, at this life and pace that we are slaving for, it is rare to be able to stop, I mean, come to full stop, look around, ‘say, well, what the fuck’…inhale and just fully understand what’s going on around you." - LoFiles Music
"Oliver’s sound comes off something like Washed Out being dragged through a peat bog behind an outboard motor. Organic sounds intermingle with digital ones, creating a thick molasses of Southern-tinged ambient noise." - Flagpole Magazine
"Of the bedroom psychedelia milieu." - Free Music Archive
"TKO delivers pop structures that hinge off of the way the listener's expectations are betrayed while other realms of composition order are sought out, like on the head swirling 'A May Instinct'. The chord progressions work against the linear conventions of playing, with chord changes and picking time signatures and keyboard drones in hushed sustains. 'Pinnacle Cow' is the best sounding un-grounded bit of speaker-box grit with gorgeous noise wall undercurrents and a template for the chillest guitar loop of the summer." - Impose
"A cornucopia of gentle, deft and choice sounds that are both low-fi and luxe all at once." - A New Band A Day
"You might find a few jewels you can’t live without." - Cassette Gods
"It’s novel in that he sounds like he’s having fun creating these sounds, but the way Tom Kitty Oliver does it shows that this is not just a random assembly of sounds (although for all I know, one or two songs may have been done with the spirit of 'fuck it, let’s see what happens'." - This Is Book's Music
"There are moments when you just need to sit back, breathe slow and absorb all the beauty in life. If I had a soundtrack for those moments, Tom Kitty Oliver’s new [...] release would be the perfect choice." - Deftune
"It is a testament to his musical talent and production abilities that the album sounds so much like…well…Andrew." - Reed Turchi
released 19 June 2012
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Tom Kitty Oliver - "Life on Loop"
All Songs* Written, Recorded & Produced by A. Hamlet
* "Morning Son" Co-Written & Recorded by A. Holmes II
Mastered by M. Jones
Design & Layout by M. Jones
Photography by C. Hamlet & A. Hamlet