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The xx’s Oliver Sim shares video for new single ‘GMT’

The xx’s Oliver Sim has shared a video for his new single, “GMT.”

The track comes from his forthcoming debut solo album, Hideous Bastard, out September 9th via Young. Created by Sim’s longtime friend and collaborator Laura Jane Coulson, the video sees Sim performing in front of colourful footage of clouds.

“‘GMT’ was one of the first songs made for the record,” Sim explains. “I’d chased Jamie to Australia to escape British winter. We worked in Sydney and road tripped down to Byron Bay, stopping at secluded beaches and listening to a lot of The Beach Boys and Brian Wilson on the way. The first song we made was ‘GMT,’ sampling Brian Wilson’s ‘Smile.’ The song was written about pining over a love back home, thousands of miles apart on different time zones. It’s also a love letter to London.”

Watch the video for “GMT” below.

“I remember hearing the beginnings of ‘GMT’ in 2020 when Oliver was writing the record,” Coulson adds. “It’s been in my head ever since. So I was beyond happy when Oliver asked to collaborate on the video for ‘GMT’ (actually my favourite song from the record). We wanted to make something simple and positive that focused on Oliver’s performance. I also wanted to capture his energy and show moments where we see a hint of his off-stage persona. We had so much fun making it.”

Produced by bandmate Jamie xx, Hideous Bastard was inspired by Sim’s love of horror movies.

In addition to “GMT,” Hideous Bastard features the previously released “Nancy Boy,” “Fruit,” and “Romance with a Memory.”

Check out the tracklist for Hideous Bastard below or pre-order it here.

Hideous Bastard Tracklist:

01 – “Hideous”
02 – “Romance with a Memory”
03 – “Sensitive Child”
04 – “Never Here”
05 – “Unreliable Narrator”
06 – “Saccharine”
07 – “Confident Man”
08 – “GMT”
09 – “Fruit”
10 – “Run The Credits”

Oliver Sim is headed out on tour. Check out the North American dates below.

Oliver Sim North American Tour Dates:

Seattle, WA – The Showbox – September 29
Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern – October 1
San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore – October 2
Chicago, IL – Metro – October 5
Toronto, ON – The Phoenix Concert Theatre – October 6
Washington, DC – Lincoln Theatre – October 8
Boston, MA – Royale – October 9
New York, NY – Webster Hall – October 10
Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer – October 11

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