Here in Australia, pop music is going through a new renaissance and in the forefront dominating the scene are an exciting crop of musicians like Amy Shark, Nicole Millar, Vance Joy, Jack River, Gang of Youth, Vera Blue and Olympia. The latter in particular is currently one of my favourite upcoming female artists. You may have noticed I have featured Olympia on this site several times already and will continue to do so because I believe she is on the cusp of something big.
As I eagerly await the release of Olympia’s sophomore album this year, my hope is that she builds upon the success she had with her debut album Self Talk and takes command of her guitar into a new exciting direction. That said, if her latest release Star City (believed to be a track from her anticipated new album) is anything to go by, she has managed to reinvent herself in spades. Back in August last year Olympia said “I didn’t want to write something that needed a lot of explaining, instead I wanted the song (Star City) to be like something you’d try on – I wanted it to be immersive.”
Unrelenting in her creative drive, Star City is everything that I hoped to hear, especially its bold infectious exuberance. In truth, its difficult to single out what I like about it the most. While I’ll always appreciate Olympia’s trademark guitar, the fact that this song is cleverly immersed in shimmering synths, a driving backbeat or an ingenious vocal hook, you’ll see my point as to why I can’t make up my mind, once you play the song. If anything, you’ll find yourself dancing in no time. But lets hope you have a little better rhythm than Olympia. That said, the song’s accompanying video is a real hoot. Takes a while to appreciate Olympia’s ‘rhythmic-domesticities’ but it’s all in good fun.