10 tracks (42:34)
Oliver The Penguin is not so much a band, or an album. It’s a persona — a character that sprung from the minds of Top Line songwriter/composer Rie Sinclair and musician-about-town Tommy Walter (Abandoned Pools/Eels). Button Pusher launched in March 2009 as an unexpected collaboration between the two during an afternoon writing session. The songs are playful but have a mysterious, if not a dark, side. Delivering “nimble electro-pop”, the album sketches a little guy that appeals to the core innocence in us all; reminiscent of The Postal Service, Frou Frou & The Bird And The Bee. Smashing more than sound waves together, Rie’s lyrics encapsulate laws of physics as they might play out in relationships. This happy & dreamy (but melancholic) CD proves something to definitely keep on rotation in your playlist.