It’s hard to watch this performance and not mention PJ Harvey so I’ll just get that out of the way now. Critically acclaimed artist Olympia has today released the highly anticipated album, Flamingo. 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.’
Olympia - Flamingo International Tour Dates
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