Olympia - The Sound House
The Sound House, Dublin
Friday 26th July 2019
After wowing crowds opening for Julia Jacklin at Whelans in March, Australia’s Olympia will return to Dublin with a headline show at The Sound House on Friday 26 July 2019.
After captivating audiences with her critically-acclaimed album Self Talk, Olympia 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 and selected as Triple J feature album.
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 - and like peers Methyl Ethel and King Krule, the artists’ desire to create something new and original.
Olivia Bartley, creative force behind the project, describes the song, produced by herself and Burke Reid (Courtney Barnett, DMAs), as drunk karaoke, something you’d belt unselfconsciously, full of life, self-conviction and volume.
‘Star City’ most significantly represents a departure from the art-lead ideas present in Self Talk and a move towards more visceral expression. Bartley explains, “I didn’t want to write something that needed a lot of explaining, instead I wanted the song to be like something you’d try on – I wanted it to be immersive.”
Olympia will return to Dublin this July, unveiling ‘Star City’ live along with her back catalogue of songs— ‘Honey’, ‘This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things’, ‘Tourists’, and ‘Smoke Signals’ — as she gears up to release further new music in 2019.
Tickets priced €13.50 go on sale this Wednesday 26th June at 10am through www.ticketmaster.ie & usual outlets nationwide.
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