Outside The Academy is Pawel Cholewa (pronounced Pa-vell Ho-liv-er); an independent producer who “has the balance between experimental and euphonics just right” (Jae Salmon – 4ZZZ).
After playing with and within the field and stream of indie rock, electronic and folk bands and projects in and from Melbourne since the mid 2000s, Cholewa, in 2014, decided to roll solo in his creation Outside the Academy. His 2015 debut single ‘Rebel (Revels)’ is the result.
‘Rebel (Revels)’ utilises big and glitchy beats, a throbbing cyclical bassline, effect-laden synth-infused guitar, haunting vocal melodies and lyrics, whilst the ambient shoegazing and heart-pounding bassy sound and minimalist production is “aching to be married to a David Lynch flick” (Leona Devaz – Weekend Notes).
‘Rebel (Revels)’ was written and produced by OTA in the anomalous seclusion of tropical Queensland after spending an overly rambunctious and dubious stint in his hometown of Melbourne which, somewhat unnaturally, served as the inspiration, artistic and raw material for the track.
Outside The Academy, and the new single ‘Rebel (Revels)’ caters to fans of: Kasabian, DZ Deathrays, Moby, Youth Lagoon, D.D Dumbo, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, M83, The Acid, Beck, alt-j (?), The Cure, Unkle, Sigur Rós, Deerhunter, Radiohead, Silversun Pickups.
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