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Messy

Olivia Dean

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Olivia Dean is a young Englishwoman with all the charm of the great soul singers. Her four EPs, released in quick succession between 2019 and 2021, have paved the way for this debut album; a classy, heartfelt blend of pop, R&B and soul with a hint of jazz. London's iconic Jazz Café made no mistake in welcoming her (accompanied by saxophone, trumpet and trombone) for her first live performance, recorded in 2021. As did Arte Concert, which programmed her as one of the young talents at the 7th edition of its festival in 2022, alongside her compatriot Loyle Carner and Iceland's JFDR.


There's nothing messy about Messy - on the contrary, there's nothing to throw away. The Londoner of Jamaican and Guyanese origins radiates raw talent throughout these 12 tracks that finish much too soon. From Slowly and Everybody's Crazy’s solemn piano-vocals to the sensitive R&B ballad I Could Be a Florist; from the brassy flights in the excellent single Dive to Ladies Room’s funk jolts and the soft, synthesised ambience of Messy overall, Olivia Dean's warm voice, which she modulates to her heart's content, moves with perplexing ease. Although in a British music scene already saturated with the likes of Joy Crookes, Cleo Sol and Jorja Smith, the 24 year old Olivia Dean, with a style she can truly call her own, has managed to claim her own seat at the table. Qobuzissime! Charlotte Saintoin/Qobuz

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1
UFO
00:02:34

Matt Hales, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Piano, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Matt Colton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Daniel Moyler, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nathan Boddy, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Taran Stormes Martino, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Olivia Dean, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Finn Zeferino-Birchall, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - James Pinfield-Wells, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2023 Universal Music Operations Limited

2
Dive
00:03:20

Matt Hales, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Matt Colton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Daniel Moyler, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manon Grandjean, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Joseph Hartwell Jones, Vocal Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Bastian Langebæk, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Dan See, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Tre Jean-Marie, Producer, Keyboards, Recording Engineer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Max Wolfgang, Piano, Bass, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kaidi Akinnibi, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Deschanel Gordon, Rhodes , AssociatedPerformer - Taran Stormes Martino, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Olivia Dean, Percussion, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Finn Zeferino-Birchall, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Elias Jordan Atkinson, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Joel Waters, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - James Wade-Sired, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - James Pinfield-Wells, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2023 Universal Music Operations Limited

3
Ladies Room
00:03:40

Matt Hales, Producer, Recording Engineer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, Vocal Programming - Britten Newbill, ComposerLyricist - Matt Colton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Daniel Moyler, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manon Grandjean, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Aston Rudi, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Dan See, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Kaidi Akinnibi, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Deschanel Gordon, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Taran Stormes Martino, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Olivia Dean, Percussion, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Finn Zeferino-Birchall, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Elias Jordan Atkinson, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Joel Waters, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - James Wade-Sired, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - James Pinfield-Wells, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2023 Universal Music Operations Limited

4
No Man
00:02:59

Matt Hales, Producer, Keyboards, Piano, Recording Engineer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Davide Rossi, String Arranger, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Colton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - DetoNate, ComposerLyricist - Daniel Moyler, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nathan Boddy, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tekiva Ledwidge, ComposerLyricist - Andrew Sarlo, ComposerLyricist - Dan See, Drums, Timpani, AssociatedPerformer - Sinai Tedros, ComposerLyricist - Deschanel Gordon, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Taran Stormes Martino, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Olivia Dean, Percussion, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Finn Zeferino-Birchall, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - James Pinfield-Wells, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2023 Universal Music Operations Limited

5
Dangerously Easy
00:02:43

Matt Hales, Producer, Keyboards, Piano, Recording Engineer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Matt Colton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Daniel Moyler, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nathan Boddy, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Deschanel Gordon, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Taran Stormes Martino, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Olivia Dean, Percussion, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Finn Zeferino-Birchall, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Joel Waters, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - James Pinfield-Wells, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2023 Universal Music Operations Limited

6
Getting There (Interlude)
00:01:46

Matt Hales, Producer, Keyboards, Piano, Recording Engineer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Matt Colton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Daniel Moyler, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nathan Boddy, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Deschanel Gordon, Organ, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Taran Stormes Martino, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Olivia Dean, Percussion, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Finn Zeferino-Birchall, Bass, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Joel Waters, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - James Pinfield-Wells, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2023 Universal Music Operations Limited

7
Danger
00:02:55

Ilsey Juber, ComposerLyricist - Matt Colton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nathaniel Ledwidge, ComposerLyricist - DetoNate, Producer, Drums, Horn, Keyboards, Bass, Synthesizer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Nathan Boddy, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tre Jean-Marie, Producer, Drums, Horn, Keyboards, Recording Engineer, Bass, Synthesizer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Olivia Dean, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2022 Universal Music Operations Limited

8
The Hardest Part
00:02:56

Matt Colton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nathan Boddy, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Cameron Gower Poole, Vocal Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Felix Joseph, Producer, Additional Producer, Programmer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bastian Langebæk, Producer, Keyboards, Recording Engineer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Dan See, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Max Wolfgang, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Olivia Dean, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2020 Universal Music Operations Limited

9
I Could Be A Florist
00:01:21

Britten Newbill, ComposerLyricist - Matt Colton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nathan Boddy, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bastian Langebæk, ComposerLyricist - Max Wolfgang, Producer, Percussion, Piano, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Olivia Dean, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2023 Universal Music Operations Limited

10
Messy
00:03:43

Matt Hales, Producer, Piano, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer, Moog Bass, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Matt Colton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Daniel Moyler, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nathan Boddy, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Sarlo, Additional Engineer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Dan See, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Taran Stormes Martino, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Olivia Dean, Percussion, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Finn Zeferino-Birchall, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Elias Jordan Atkinson, Flugelhorn, AssociatedPerformer - James Pinfield-Wells, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2023 Universal Music Operations Limited

11
Everybody's Crazy
00:02:43

Matt Colton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nathan Boddy, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Felix Joseph, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Huw Foster, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Olivia Dean, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2023 Universal Music Operations Limited

12
Carmen
00:04:48

Matt Hales, Producer, Keyboards, Piano, Recording Engineer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Matt Colton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Daniel Moyler, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nathan Boddy, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Dan See, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Kaidi Akinnibi, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Deschanel Gordon, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Taran Stormes Martino, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Olivia Dean, Percussion, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Finn Zeferino-Birchall, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Elias Jordan Atkinson, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - James Wade-Sired, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - James Pinfield-Wells, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Russell Ramesh Roberts, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2023 Universal Music Operations Limited

Album review

Olivia Dean is a young Englishwoman with all the charm of the great soul singers. Her four EPs, released in quick succession between 2019 and 2021, have paved the way for this debut album; a classy, heartfelt blend of pop, R&B and soul with a hint of jazz. London's iconic Jazz Café made no mistake in welcoming her (accompanied by saxophone, trumpet and trombone) for her first live performance, recorded in 2021. As did Arte Concert, which programmed her as one of the young talents at the 7th edition of its festival in 2022, alongside her compatriot Loyle Carner and Iceland's JFDR.


There's nothing messy about Messy - on the contrary, there's nothing to throw away. The Londoner of Jamaican and Guyanese origins radiates raw talent throughout these 12 tracks that finish much too soon. From Slowly and Everybody's Crazy’s solemn piano-vocals to the sensitive R&B ballad I Could Be a Florist; from the brassy flights in the excellent single Dive to Ladies Room’s funk jolts and the soft, synthesised ambience of Messy overall, Olivia Dean's warm voice, which she modulates to her heart's content, moves with perplexing ease. Although in a British music scene already saturated with the likes of Joy Crookes, Cleo Sol and Jorja Smith, the 24 year old Olivia Dean, with a style she can truly call her own, has managed to claim her own seat at the table. Qobuzissime! Charlotte Saintoin/Qobuz

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