Australian artist, Olympia, is bringing her iconic sound to the U.K. and we couldn’t be more excited. Known for her eclectic mix of sharp lyrics, and breezy melodies, Olympia is set to become one of Australia’s biggest names; “For fans of Sharon Van Etten, Laura Marling & Anna Calvi” according to Rolling Stone.
Olympia’s music is a disruption; listening to it feels out of this world, yet somehow familiar. Her music resonates with the sounds of our subconscious. The words we don’t know how to say, she is able to put them together, effortlessly. Olympia AKA Olivia Bartley comments “I don’t refer to myself as a singer-songwriter, I’m interested in ideas and trying to create something that will move people; disrupt everyday ideas. It’s more about sounds. The music leans on language but the songs don’t follow traditional form at all.”
Olympia’s debut album ‘Self Talk’ was shortlisted for the Australian Music Prize, and she was nominated for the ‘ARIA Breakthrough Artist’ category, and now she’s set for U.K. shores with her debut performance at The Great Escape in May. Her debut U.K. track being ‘Smoke Signals’ a song, partly inspired by a Japanese reality TV show, that’s about a person’s internal struggle. The music video itself features Olympia in a black studio set where versions of herself keep repeating on her screen. The video represents the song perfectly as it feels like we’re inside the mind of the singer, the way the lights and shots are shown discombobulate the viewer.
Olympia has a flair for creating ground breaking, complex content, and while Australia has fallen in love, it’s only a matter of time before the U.K. catches on. Check out the video for ‘Smoke Signals’ below: