This debut album from Olympia has been a heck of a long time coming. First landing on our radar with the sweet-as ‘Honey’ back in January last year, the Melbourne songstress spent the past year peppering us with new singles, all of them leading us to this point; the release of her debut album ‘Self Talk’.
Not only will those previously-released nuggets ‘Honey’, ‘This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things’ and ‘Tourists’ make the cut for the forthcoming long player, they’ll be joined by new track ‘Smoke Signals’ and a host of others on an album that, according to Olympia herself (real name Olivia Bartley), will give her audience “the feels”.
“I’m interested in ideas and trying to create something that will move people; disrupt everyday ideas,” she says of her new project. “It’s more about sounds. The music leans on language but the songs don’t follow traditional form at all.
“There were conscious sonic choices and considered influences, but it was mostly influenced by the process of making it: the people involved, the instruments and equipment we used. It reflects the almost collaged way the songs were written. I like the symmetry in that.”
The album will become available for pre-order from this Friday. It will drop on April 29.
In the meantime, the singer has also unveiled a handful of live shows to celebrate its arrival. Dates in all five main metropolises, along with one on the Sunshine Coast are locked in from late May.
May 26 : Sydney (Newtown Social Club)
June 03 : Brisbane (Black Bear Lodge)
June 04 : Maroochydore (Sol Bar)
June 11 : Adelaide (Producers Bar)
June 18 : Melbourne (Northcote Social Club)
June 24 : Perth (Amplifier)
June 25 : Fremantle (The Odd Fellow)