Interview with Oliver Cherer

A prodigious musical polymath whose varied musical guises include his multi-faceted alter-ego of Dollboy, the electro-stylings of The Assistant, the motodisco of Rhododendron and Australian Testing Labs Inc., and the freshly-minted ambient Gilroy Mere, Oliver Cherer returns to his folk heart-land with The Myth Of Violet Meek, his first orthonym … [Read more...]

Gilroy Mere – The Green Line

Since gently dropping his Dollboy nom de plume as a catch-all repository for his chameleonic creativity a few years back, the Hastings-based Oliver Cherer has been no stranger to these very pages by trading with the pseudonyms of The Assistant, The Wrestler, Rhododendron and Australian Testing Labs Inc. as well as under his own name.  Whilst … [Read more...]

The Home Current b/w The Assistant and Pye Corner Audio & Faten Kanaan 7″ singles

Like its elder sibling enterprise, Deep Distance, London’s Polytechnic Youth label is seemingly on an unbreakable roll of high-quality productivity right now, to the point where you can’t afford to look away from the imprint for more than a few days, in case of a snooze and lose collecting calamity. And here are another two you might have missed … [Read more...]

The Assistant – “Gristleizer” b/w “Nothing On” 12″

Having already made a great introduction for The Assistant, with the 125-copy 5” Ways Of Seeing EP on Polytechnic Youth earlier this year and basking in the afterglow of his still-fresh debut LP - entitled One - with Rhododendron on Deep Distance, Oliver Cherer has wasted little time in slipping out an additional slice of vinyl from the former … [Read more...]

Rhododendron – One

Since parking his Dollboy alias in 2014, Oliver Cherer has hit a potent purple patch; via his solo-trading pastoralism, within the multi-headed Silver Servants, inside the motorik diversions of The Wrestler, through the electro-primitivism of The Assistant and - most strikingly - with the far from flowery Rhododendron. Initially conceived as a … [Read more...]

The Assistant – Ways Of Seeing EP

Necessity has indeed become the mother of invention for the boutique-label-empire of Dom Martin. Increasingly embattled by backlogged pressing plants - due to the double-whammy of Record Store Day and the unstoppable vinyl revival - Martin is putting The Great Pop Supplement label on "an open-ended hiatus" towards the end of 2016 (whilst sister … [Read more...]

Artists On Albums: AOA#42 (Oliver Cherer on Festival Session)

Oliver Cherer on… Duke Ellington And His Orchestra’s Festival Session (Columbia/Philips, 1959) I grew up with music in the house.  My mum played Beethoven and Mozart on an upright piano and my dad listened to Stravinsky records and BBC Radio 3, but in amongst his collection of Deutsche Gramaphon classics, were two or three jazz albums, … [Read more...]

Silver Servants – self-titled

The collection of artists that have made up the Second Language roster since the label’s inception in 2009 have never shied away from collaboration or exploring shared ideas, whether it be through a myriad of themed compilations or via the direct intermingling of musicians across separate albums.  This new - but long-in-the-works - project takes … [Read more...]

Oliver Cherer – Sir Ollife Leigh & Other Ghosts

During his esoteric journey under the Dollboy alias over the last decade or so, Oliver Cherer has certainly covered a lot of artistic ground through exploring skewed folktronica (2009’s Beard Of Bees), ambient conceptualism (2010’s acclaimed Ghost Stations and this year's Tuning Loops), lopsided folk-pop (2012’s Further Excursions Into The Ulu With … [Read more...]