oliver tree
Photo courtesy of Oliver Tree

There’s no mistaking Oliver Tree for anyone else because the Los Angeles-based artist is truly one-of-a-kind. Today, we’re premiering the official music video for his new single “Hurt.” In an email to Highsnobiety, he explained how the song and video are directly inspired by a scooter crash that he was involved in a few years ago while competing in a pro-competition—he wound up breaking both of his wrists and right hand. That said, Tree doesn’t want to taint how others perceive his art based on his own personal experiences though. Instead, he wants viewers to “decide for themselves and apply it to their life in whatever way it makes sense.”

The visual for “Hurt” was shot in Ukraine and we should warn you that it has its graphic moments so you might want to sit down for this. Watch all the comedic action go down in the video below. After you’re finished with that, give Tree’s Alien Boy EP a spin.

Next year, the Atlantic Records signee will embark on a North American headlining tour called Ugly is Beautiful. Scroll down for the full list of dates.

February 14 – The Roxy – West Hollywood, CA
February 15 – Rio Theater – Santa Cruz, CA
February 16 – Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA
February 18 – Peter’s Room at Roseland Theater – Portland, OR
February 19 – The Crocodile – Seattle, WA
February 22 – The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
February 23 – Globe Hall – Denver, CO
February 26 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL
March 1 – Great Scott – Allston, MA
March 2 – Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY
March 3 – The Foundry – Philadelphia, PA
March 5 – U Street Music Hall – Washington, DC
March 8 – Masquerade (Purgatory) – Atlanta, GA
March 9 – The Social – Orlando, FL
March 12 – Exit/In – Nashville, TN
March 14 – Deep Ellum Art Co – Dallas, TX
March 15 – White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs) – Houston, TX
March 16 – SXSW – Austin, TX

For more of our premieres, check out Hana Vu’s cover of “Gypsy” by Fleetwood Mac right here.

Words by Sydney Gore
Features Editor

Softcore tastemaker at your service.