Artist info

Genre

Indie, Pop


band members

Olga Solar


Influences

Paul Simon, Laura Marling, Feist, Father John Misty, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Silverchair, Dirty Projectors


Unearthed artists we like

Clea, Exhibitionist, Freya, Harley Mavis, mumbofish, Stoyan


Website

www.olgasolar.com/

Bio

Someone once told Olga Solar that getting her to open up was like pulling teeth. Thankfully, it seems that in songwriting the Sydney artist has found her confidant.

Solar blew away audiences last year with her debut single ‘Tulips’, an indie-pop “half-eulogistic” exploration of feeling humiliation within a blooming relationship. After receiving praise from Australian music media and gaining airplay on triple j and community radio, the track was featured on Apple Music playlists ‘Best of the Week’ and ‘The A List: New Artists’.

Dave Ruby Howe, broadcaster for triple j, described ‘Tulips’ as “a triumph! Standing upright with enviable posture, it’s got heaps of heart!” And it’s no wonder. The origin of Olga’s name derives from a Scandinavian word; it means to be hearty, to be blessed.

Solar subsequently released her EP ‘Antilullaby’, which received high rotation on US college radio, hitting #84 on the NACC Charts and remaining in the top 200 for eight weeks. The release also nabbed a spot as a finalist in Happy Mag’s Needle in the Hay competition.

Solar’s parents and three siblings migrated from Serbia during the Yugoslav wars in the ‘90s. “I got to chill throughout the whole thing in my mum’s tum,” says Solar of her mother’s pregnancy at the time. Family ties have settled into her writing – a need to orate this shift in place and values hums within. Growing up, she shadowed her sisters’ classical music pursuits with the awe of the youngest child in the family and picked up the violin at just age three.

A seasoned violinist and aspiring composer, Solar pursued the worlds of theatre and screen to be a home for her music – her compositions have featured at VividSydney, the Hayes Theatre and in TV commercials. But for a long time, taking centre stage had been something she’d written off.

Solar’s songs are a balance of boldness and intimacy. While beaming with magnetic warmth and charm on stage, it’s the very timidity that first held her back that drives the introspective quality of her songs: Solar’s songs are anthems for introverts.

Musically, there’s no doubt that there are elements of her heroes – Paul Simon, Feist, Silverchair – that have seeped in to her writing, yet she gives the indie pop genre her own slant. Over the past year, she’s supported the likes of Lime Cordiale, Ella Thompson and Fiction Writer.

Solar’s vocal tone is at once striking, warm and full-bodied. “I’m going to try explore using it in unusual ways to create more ambient sounds” she says of her forthcoming composing aspirations, “rather than just having them at the fore.” Her new musical voice is beaming with expressive confidence, and she’s just getting started.

Review

Review by Tommy Faith Tommy Faith

12 Nov 2019

Triple J
35

Me, holding up a sign that simply reads '10' as Olga perfectly executes the landing on these vocal gymnastics.

Me, holding up a sign that simply reads '10' as Olga perfectly executes the landing on these vocal gymnastics.

Review

Review by Declan Byrne Declan Byrne

08 Nov 2019

Triple J
40

there's simply no chance olga's faking this off beat, small screen dramatic pop. genuine and intriguing.

there's simply no chance olga's faking this off beat, small screen dramatic pop. genuine and intriguing.

Review

Review by Declan Byrne Declan Byrne

02 Aug 2018

Triple J
40

it's clever in so many ways. how can you not be swept along with this one?!

it's clever in so many ways. how can you not be swept along with this one?!