After progressively releasing 3 EPs over the past few years (Faces -2010, Raiders – 2011, & Crystalised – 2012) ex 2008 Australian Idol contestant, Brooke Addamo aka Owl Eyes has finally released her long awaited debut album, Nightswim.
Don’t be deceived by the Australian Idol label… Like previous Idol contestants, Matt Corby and Lisa Mitchell, the Melbournite reinvented herself and has managed to move away from the almost cringe-worthy status of a reality television star.
Nightswim is definitely a treat to one’s ears as Owl Eyes’ signature synth driven sound seamlessly flows from one track to the next, soaked in a form of hidden nostalgia. Mellow synth pop is what it is and there’s definitely a sense of maturity and emotion buried within the lyrics of each track. It’s music that makes you envisage yourself floating away to a mystical paradise, yet at the same time manages to keep you grounded with melancholic undertones. If magical 80s/90s synth sounds are your thing, then you are going to love this album.
Tracks like ‘Nightswim’ leave you in a dreamy world of emotions – I’d suggest you let the sound of it take you away. Whereas the track ‘Ivory’ in ways feels like an electronic homage to Roisin Murphy yet pleases you with loose vibes of Santigold and even a slight feel of Daft Punk sounds shine through. There are 80s new wave throwbacks in ‘Saltwater’ and the smooth sensual sounds of ‘Jewels & Sapphires’ leaves you feeling as if you should take that special someone back to your bedroom and you know…. get it on.
The first single released off of the album is the romanticized synth pop track ‘Closure’. The recently broken hearted will definitely relate to this tune. Make sure you check out the music video to ‘Closure’ below.
Owl Eyes by far is currently one of Australia’s most talented female artists and lucky for us she’ll be touring the country this May/June on her Nightswim tour with special guests Collarbones and Mammals. All dates and details are below.
Nightswim Tour Tickets:
Adelaide, Sydney & Hobart tickets are available here through Moshtix.
Brisbane and Perth tickets are available here through Oztix.
Finally, Melbourne tickets are available here.
So be sure to check out Nightswim and let me know your thoughts and opinions either in the comments below or via Twitter (@morgannjames).
Where else to find Owl Eyes:
Owl Eyes Official Website
Nightswim is available to purchase via iTunes or at your local music store.