Artist info

Genre

Indie, Roots


Sounds like

Ainslie Wills , Anna Calvi, Kira Puru and the Bruise


band members

Olivia Bartley - Voice / keys / Guitars Pat Bourke - Bass Simon Braxton - Drums Sam Young - Drums


Influences

Dorothy Porter, Peter Carey


Bio

'A hypnotic, skilful performance that had the audience shiver' - Chelsea McIver Following on from mesmerising performances supporting artists as diverse as City and Colour, Harmony, Kira Puru and the Bruise, Brous, and Teeth & Tongue, Olympia returns in 2013 with the debut single 'Atlantis' from forthcoming, self titled EP. There is an unknown quality hidden within the sound of Olympia that communicates the deepest emotional history. Her voice soars with humble magnificence over the sparse yet pronounced playing of guitars, violins, horns, keys, and drums. Many layered vocal patterns gently ebb before the occasional glance of glorious transcendental release, appearing just long enough for a listener to notice their breath is still being held. Olivia Bartley, song writer and creative force behind the project, has been a musician since her childhood, initially using a broken piano to accompany aspiring TV Evangelists in an empty church. A guitar came later but the voice was always there, slowly making sense of the world and all that’s in it. The forthcoming EP includes contributions and collaborations from Simon Braxton (Fur Patrol), Pat Bourke (Tex Perkins, The Ape, Gentlemen of Fortune), Mike Caruana (Hoodlum Shouts), Lizzy Welsh (Blood Red Bird) and Judith Hamann (Carolyn Connors, Atticus, Brous).

Review

Reviewed by Dave Ruby Howe Dave Ruby Howe

12 Jun 2013

Triple J
30

Olivia's got a really great command over this tune, stitching together a pretty yet dark and swelling backdrop for her voice which itself is used sparingly. Very effective. 3.5 from me.

Olivia's got a really great command over this tune, stitching together a pretty yet dark and swelling backdrop for her voice which itself is used sparingly. Very effective. 3.5 from me.

Review

SquireRel

17 Jan 2017

30

Wait, don't go after the first 30 seconds...

Wait, don't go after the first 30 seconds...

Review

Review by Howlite Howlite

22 Oct 2016

35

This track feels like it wants to explode out at any moment as it builds and swells to a wonderfully elegant peak

This track feels like it wants to explode out at any moment as it builds and swells to a wonderfully elegant peak