Olympia is Melbourne based artist Olivia Bartley. A singer / songwriter multi-instrumentalist. "I don't refer to myself as a singer-songwriter," Bartley says. "I’m interested in ideas and trying to create something that will move people; disrupt everyday ideas. The music leans on language but the songs don't necessarily follow traditional form." The Melbourne-based singer and multi-instrumentalist grew up in a house full opposing musical tastes, “as though there were a different radio playing in every room” including: Sly and the Family Stone; Nirvana; Patsy Cline. The artists’ first guitar was a home-made replica of a flying Vee in the fashion of Dimebag Darrel (Pantera) whom the artist lined up for hours to meet as as child (“there’s a photo somewhere”). After captivating Australian and UK audiences with her critically-acclaimed album Self Talk, Olympia has launched the first single, ‘Star City’ off the upcoming sophomore release, a rush of heady energy. ‘Star City’ marks a distinct change of pace from the nuance and hip-hop rhythms of Self Talk, an album which was nominated for an ARIA award, shortlisted in the Australian Music Prize.
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Swirling omnichords open the track like millions of brilliant stars before being shot down with opening line: “Thinking ‘bout it, believed the future bright. Back when we were dumb kids”, plunging the song into spirited, catchy rock. This track is brimming with electricity - full of syncopated rhythms, Strokes-like strumming, a striking vocal urgency.
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