Despite announcing his retirement from touring back in June 2019, Oliver Tree has since altogether called it quits on music. After cancelling the release of his debut album Ugly is Beautiful as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Los Angeles artist made his retirement official—but, not before leaving fans with one last gift.
The indie rapper shared his final track “Let Me Down” and its caricatured music video for one more befitting performance. Clad in his signature outfit and a pair of outrageously large headphones, Tree takes to a minimalist pink set to belt out a punk flavored anthem. Harkening to early 2000s pop-rock with its own Oliver Tree twist, “Let Me Down” is an angsty celebration that summarizes the artist in his profuse charm.
Although Tree’s chapter has supposedly closed, fans speculate that the musician’s retirement may simply signify the abandonment of Tree as a character, with references towards Joji’s “Pink Guy” alter-ego in the “Let Me Down” music video as foreshadowing of Tree taking a similar path in moving on. Now, whether or not an Oliver Tree comeback is in store? Only time will tell.
“I wrote ‘Let Me Down’ the day after I canceled my album “UGLY IS BEAUTIFUL” due to corona virus. Canceling the release was devastating after working on this album for 5 years. Even though it was completely out of my control, I felt like I let a lot of people down so I made them this song as an apology,” stated Tree.