'A hypnotic, skilful performance that had the audience shiver' - Chelsea McIver, Tone Deaf
‘Of greatness’, Mark Seymour
There is an unknown quality hidden within the sound of Olympia that communicates the deepest emotional history. Featuring one of the most beautiful voices in Australian music, the opening vocal drone of ‘Sleeping Wolves’, sets up the EP as an epic dreamscape. The minimalist composition and fly away guitar notes hint at Neil Young’s Dead Man and will have you expecting to hear Gary Farmer’s voice ‘Do you know how to use this weapon?’ Be it voice, guitar(s) or keys, Olivia Bartley, song writer and creative force behind the project, seems to have sure knowledge of her armoury.
‘Atlantis’ conjures the epic feel of a Jeff Buckley song, and is the easy standout of the recording. The line ‘Is my heart too full of blood to let love in?’ leads into the lush ‘I am the Walrus’-esque string arrangement of Georgia Fields, a beautiful addition to the track.
‘Atlantis’ is sublimely portrayed in an incredible fan-made video. A technicolour dream coat of footage shows synchronised swimmers from the 1950s, diving through (FF) Coppola-like fog. It’s a perfect visualisation of the song, and hints at future film clip budget needs of this artist.
Many layered vocal patterns gently ebb before the occasional glance of glorious transcendental release, appearing just long enough for a listener to notice their breath is still being held in the intriguing ‘Asia’s Lonely Hearts’. ‘You move in the words like they’re air, waiting to touch your lungs’.
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