Thirteen years after the xx’s debut, Oliver Sim is releasing a solo album titled “Hideous Bastard”, set to arrive on September 9 via Young, a record that deals with "fear, shame and masculinity" and contains personal revelation, and is produced by band partnet Jamie xx.
In a statement, Oliver Sim reveals that he was diagnosed HIV positive at the age of 17, something he has lived with ever since.
"I haven’t written the record to dwell, but rather to free myself of some of the shame and fear that I’ve felt for a long time. So, I hear a lot of the music as joyous, because the experience of writing and recording it has been the complete opposite of what fear and shame have been for me".
"A lot of this record is serious on paper, I’ve written a lot about fear, shame and masculinity, but I made these songs as a way of freeing myself. So I see 'Hideous Bastard' as not only self deprecating but also having a lot of joy and humour".