MBE June 1: Finding beauty in Oliver Sim’s ‘Hideous’

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Oliver Sim, who you may know as the bassist/vocalist fromThe xx, exudes dark honesty across the third single from his forthcoming debut album, “Hideous Bastard.” The new single “Hideous” is a deeply personal story, including a revelation about long-withheld shame, and the freedom found through writing the album. The song features gorgeous falsetto from Bronski Beat’s Jimmy Somerville, whom Sims considers a role model, influence, and guardian angel of sorts. Check out more with this stunning music video.

Plus, Andrew Bird showcases his signature whistling chops on his latest single “Make a Picture.” Pulsing with magnetic energy, the latest from his new album due Friday is accompanied by a strangely wonderful music video filled with cats. What more do you need?





Anna Chang