Available languages: EnglishMelbourne, Australia-based singer/songwriter Olivia Bartley formed Olympia in 2011, inspired by musicians such as Stina Nordenstam and Neil Young, as well as non-musical influences such as Pele and Carl Sagan. While she used the moniker for solo performances, she also performed with a band featuring a revolving lineup of musicians, usually featuring Peter Luscombe and Pat Bourke. As Olympia, Bartley performed with artists including Paul Dempsey, City and Colour, and Lamb, and released a self-titled EP in 2013. She was signed to EMI in 2015, releasing the single "Honey" and beginning work on a full-length with producer Burke Reid.
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Indiepop - Verschenen op 5 juli 2019 | Opposite Number
Since the start of the 2010s, Australia has been exporting new musical gems non-stop to the rest of the world. The latest takes the form of Olivia Jayne Bartley, aka Olympia, with her brilliantly classy sophomore indie-pop album Flamingo. Three years after Self Talk, the Wollongong-born Melburnian reminds us that she knows Blondie’s records like the back of her well-manicured hand. Indeed, the abundance of powerful choruses (Star City and Shoot to Forget being particularly noteworthy) recall Debbie Harry’s band throughout. Expertly mixing power pop ballads with guitar solos and hedonistic synth pop, this record is nothing revolutionary, but full of emotion nonetheless © Clotilde Maréchal