Critically acclaimed artist OLYMPIA has today released the highly anticipated sophomore album FLAMINGO.
‘Flamingo’ is 11 searing tracks representing Olympia’s most personal record to date; full of risk, escalation, and the complex pop unspooling we’ve come to recognise in her work. A striking follow up to debut ‘Self Talk’, an album that was nominated for an ARIA award, J Award for Best Video, shortlisted in the Australian Music Prize and selected as triple j feature album.
Olivia Bartley, creative force behind the project, co-produced the upcoming album with long-time collaborator Burke Reid (Courtney Barnett, Julia Jacklin, DMAs).
The album threads together references to the personal, philosophical and also contemporary ideas to create a bold and lucid world unlike any other. Bartley explains, “The record explores the idea of trying to hold hope and hopelessness together. I’ve tried to borrow from my own grief to create its inverse: something new; a territorial hope affair - a love letter from the living’.
‘Filmmaker Jacques Tati used to say that he wanted ‘the movie to begin when you leave the theatre’, and with this record, I’d set out to try and create an atmosphere from start to finish, so that it’s immersive like film.’
The result is a fully realized vision; ‘Powerful, moving, but adapted through with the vibrant vision that hope requires’, (Liverpool Sound and Vision).
‘Flamingo’ features singles ‘Shoot to Forget’, ‘Star City’ and ‘Hounds’ alongside brand new track ‘Come Back’. Arguably the most insistent earworm on the album, ‘Come Back’ struts boldly on a winding synth hook, burbling bass lines and Bartley’s percussive lyrical declarations of longing and need. What could at first be misconstrued as a perfect summer jam, ‘Come Back’ has some of Bartley’s most evocative lyrics detailing of a desperately personal search around an impersonal city.
Won’t Say That
Shoot To Forget
First You Leave
To support the release of ‘Flamingo’, Olympia and band will play a string of high profile tour dates across the globe, the biggest headline tour of her career including the UK, Ireland, Europe and Australia.
Don’t miss Olympia, one of Australia’s most relentlessly original artists performing her highly anticipated new album ‘Flamingo’ live. Tickets on sale now.
July 20 - Latitude Festival, UK
July 22 - Old Blue Last - London, UK
July 24 - Yes (Basement) - Manchester, UK
July 26 - Dublin Sound House – Dublin, IRE
Sept 11 - Patterns – Manchester, UK
Sept 18 - Paradiso (Upstairs) – Amsterdam, NL
Sept 19 - Austerclub – Berlin, GER
Sept 20 – Reeperbahn – Hamburg, GER
Sept 21- Reeperbahn - Hamburg, GER
Fri 4 Oct - Anglesea Memorial Hall, Anglesea, VIC, AU
Sat 5 Oct - Corner Hotel, Melbourne, AU *
Fri 11 Oct - Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, AU *
Fri 25 Oct - Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, AU **
* Supported by Jess Ribeiro & Merpire
** Supported by Emerson Snowe & Merpire
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“a life-affirming collection of electro-pop … with the strength of Flamingo, you get the sense that her career is about to take off.” - STACK MAGAZINE
“Stunning.” - HOT PRESS MAGAZINE (IRELAND)
“2019 is looking like it will be a big year for Australia’s hottest new star" - SECRET MEETING (UK)
“Olympia continues to astound us.. She absolutely bowled us over with her last album Self Talk in 2016 and ‘Shoot To Forget’ might well have taken things up another step again. It‘s a charged-up jolt of energetic indie-pop that digs its claws in from the very outset.” - DOUBLE J
“Australian songwriter Olympia seems in perfect control of her art…. 'Shoot To Forget' is a bittersweet return, surging past painful memories while interlinking to the melodies that drove her debut album… it's an incisive return, mature but still refreshing.“ - CLASH MAG UK
“Shoot To Forget continues her trend of creating spectacular moments of festival-ready pop, again electing for a more guitar-entwined, indie-rock instrumental to platform her vocal, which on Shoot To Forget, captures the same anthemic passion that has been shaded through her previous work. It's the second single from a highly-anticipated second album bound to be among Australia's most spectacular local releases” - PILERATS
“Shoot To Forget” is parts poignant, mellifluous, and unavoidable… Substance and style meet at the intersection of sonic artistry” - DIGITAL HIGH (US)
“Shoot To Forget, takes a logical chronological leap into the 80s, sitting somewhere between new wave and yacht rock while never mining either genre too heavily. The stabbing, staccato hook will be the first element to become lodged in your brain, but it’s the swoony bridge that you will truly tumble for, and want to relive over and over.” - THE GUARDIAN (20 BEST AUSTRALIAN TRACKS OF MARCH)
“The sound of a relentlessly original artist coming into her own” - SKOPE MAG