Chart-topping, genre-bending artist Oliver Tree has joined forces with Russian viral hitmakers Little Big for their new EP, Welcome To The Internet, involving hit single, “Turn It Up,” featuring Estonian rapper, Tommy Cash.
First released last July, Ugly is Beautiful saw Oliver Tree taking his millions of followers on an unpredictable roller coaster ride through a cracked world full of comic disaster. Hailed by critics worldwide, the album immediately rocketed to #1 on Billboard’s “Top Rock Albums” and “Top Alternative Albums” charts while also debuting among the top 15 on the overall SoundScan/Billboard 200. Now boasting more than 900M million worldwide streams, the album features an array of iconoclastic hit singles including the RIAA platinum certified “Alien Boy“ and RIAA gold certified “Hurt,” both of which are joined by wildly inventive companion videos streaming now at Oliver Tree’s hugely popular official YouTube channel. Additional highlights include “Cash Machine,” “I’m Gone,” “Bury Me Alive,” and “Let Me Down,” among others.
Welcome To The Internet marks the latest in what has proven a wildly eclectic string of collaborations for Tree, including creative partnerships with Dillon Francis, grandson, Whethan, and 90s punk-pop heroes blink-182, uniting with the latter for an exclusive rework of “Let Me Down” that debuted at #24 on Billboard’s “Hot Alternative Songs” chart.
I moved to Russia 4 months ago to work with my favorite band “Little Big”. So far we’ve filmed 2 music videos as well as a documentary about the creative process and my journey integrating into Russia as a foreigner. Luckily my favorite Estonian rapper, Tommy Cash, was able to join us in making one of the greatest dance anthems of all time. ‘Turn It Up’ will be a global phenomenon. I’ve had the best time of my life here in Russia and have been treated like a Russian prince. At this time I have no plans to move back to America.
~ Oliver Tree
The four song collaboration EP is short and sweet in sentiment. As it continues along a similar melodic style to his previous works, he and Little Big picked up the pace in anticipation for some infectiously catchy bangers on all fronts. Here are our thoughts on the tracks.
Introducing us to the EP, “The Internet” becomes the unofficial title track as the catalyst for the project’s message. With a lighthearted beat, therein lying deeper within is a much more impactful message about not letting the haters define your actions. “We’ve got demons in the comments section/screaming for redemption/ ’cause they don’t get enough attention,” they sing in the first verse. The track itself contains a very standard message from Oliver Tree, with a new twist, and where the Russian project joins in for their own catchy verses in between.
Up next, “Turn It Up” is joined by an eccentric official video directed by Oliver Tree and Little Big’s Alina Pasok & Iliya Prusikin. Filmed in Russia, the video stars all three artists. With Tree and Cash’s energetic, lyrical flow alongside Little Big’s signature punk-rave musicality, the single is a certified party anthem, with over 6.5 million streams so far. Tommy Cash, Estonian
“Rampampam” is an emotionally-evocative high tempo dance track. Hiding behind the scenes of an upbeat melody, Little Big pour in an energetic intro as Oliver Tree pours in a raw message about trying to make things work in a relationship.
Concluding the EP, “You’re Not There,” slows things down with what seems to be a sequel of the previous track.
Oliver Tree recently announced his “last tour ever,” via a short YouTube video. Tour dates are listed below:
COWBOY TEARS TOUR DATES:
2/19 – Shrine Expo Hall – Los Angeles, CA
2/22 – The Warfield – San Francisco, CA
2/25 – Showbox Sodo – Seattle, WA
2/26 – PNE Forum – Vancouver, BC, Canada
3/1 – Rockwell @ The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
3/2 – Mission Ballroom – Denver, CO
3/4 – Radius – Chicago, IL 3/5 – The Fillmore – Detroit, MI
3/7 – History – Toronto, ON, Canada
3/9 – Mtelus – Montreal, QC, Canada
3/11 – House of Blues Boston – Boston, MA
3/12 – Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
3/14 – Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA
3/16 – The Fillmore – Philadelphia, PA
3/17 – The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD
3/18 – The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC
3/19 – Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA
3/22 – Marathon Music Works – Nashville, TN
3/24 – The Factory in Deep Ellum – Dallas, TX
3/25 – 713 Music Hall – Houston, TX
3/26 – Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater – Austin, TX
Stream Welcome To The Internet now, available on all streaming platforms: