Wigan’s TVAM is very much the bedroom producer. Joe Oxley’s brand new album ‘Psychic Data’ is the sum of years of work, showcasing a distinctive, intense style, a sprawling urban soundscape of spacey intensity. He’s lost, he says, in a deluge of pop-culture references and musical touch points.
I caught up with the fast-rising urban man ahead of his Dublin show this month…
So the album is just around the corner. How’s the process been, and what can we expect from it?
The tracks were written over the course of a couple of years but I got Dean Honer in to mix them. He helped glue them all together. I’ll never be happy with it (I’m not supposed to) but it’s a good representation of everything TVAM has been to me since the beginning. Distorted pop banger melts.
You’ve put quite a few of the tracks from the album out ahead of its release. What are the themes that run through them in album form?
I think they sort of stack up on one another when you listen to them as an album. Each track has it’s own sound and theme but the effect is compounded when they’re dished out one after another. I think a lot of the album is about me coming to terms with my own sense of identity-based on feelings of nostalgia, rather than my actual memories. It’s about how completely lost it feels to be a child of pop culture influences.
Recorded at home, orange vinyl, fruit on the cover. You like to make an impression, I take it?!
As dark as the music can sometimes be, it’s got a lot of colour to it. Orange, to be precise.