Oliver Tree / ‘Ugly is Beautiful’ / Atlantic Records
Ugly is Beautiful was previously slated to come out in March, but Oliver paused its release due to the continued lockdown. Now he’s ready to share the music this Summer and save us from the boredom of CDC guidelines. Oliver already shared many tracks that will appear on the album, from the bummer anthem “Let Me Down,” the jaded “Cash Machine,” the tender (sounding at least) “Alien Boy” and the reflective “Hurt.” His songs mesh hip-hop beats with a deep love of punk-rock snarl and pretty melodies; he’s a Gen Z-er who deeply cares about the craft of a good song. His bowl cut is exceptional, and so are his surreal music videos and mockumentaries that consistently track millions of views.