Olympia released debut album, ‘Self Talk’ to critical acclaim in 2016, including an ARIA nomination, Triple J Feature Album, and shortlisting in the Australian Music Prize, cementing its place as undoubtedly one of the most important Australian releases of 2016. Self Talk is an album born of specific storytelling intentions deliciously skewed by a passion for sonic experimentation, an experience that sometimes pounces, sometimes envelops, and surrenders more meaning and detail with each immersion. Self Talk is a whole weather system of its own design. Recorded with Burke Reid (Courtney Barnett, DMAs, & Sarah Blasko), it’s an album of brilliant metaphors, filmic soundscapes and a weight that belies its writer’s feather-light voice. In addition to her sold out headline shows, Olympia and band have honed an incomparable live show described recently as ‘utterly magnetic’, and topping The Age’s 2016 Live Music Review. Recent supports for Paul Dempsey, Garbage (UK) and Natalie Prass (USA), and festivals including Golden Plains, Falls Festival and The Great Escape (UK), has solidified Olympia’s reputation as one of Australia’s purest performers.
“Olivia Bartley is a rare bird. A commanding performer, singer, multi-instrumentalist – you name it – her debut album as Olympia is a rich realisation of a leftfield vision.” – ROLLING STONE (4.5 Stars)