Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Song Review - Smoke Signals

by Olympia
Album: Self Talk (out April 29, 2016)

Olympia's much anticipated album Self Talk is released in just over a month and we already know it's going to be a stellar addition to the discography of 2016. Last year we were treated to the album cuts 'Tourists', 'Honey' and 'This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things'. 'Smoke Signals' is the latest single and a more than worthy follow-up to the brilliant tracks that have come before. Like those previously mentioned, 'Smoke Signals' is a song that easily works its way into your head and will have you singing along with Olympia's striking voice by the end of the first listen. 

While the video is more 80s than some clips that were actually made during the decade in question, the music is far from retro. With modern touches and rock leanings, 'Smoke Signals' places Olympia's Olivia Bartley in line with contemporaries such as St. Vincent and Sharon Van Etten. Not only is that a pretty great place to be, it's something you wouldn't say aloud unless you really meant it. Not simply a good song, but one you know you won't be able to stop listening to for a long time to come... 'Smoke Signals' could be Olympia's best track yet. And it makes us want to get our hands on Self Talk even more than we already did.

Matt Bond gives 'Smoke Signals' four 'who run the world' girls emoji out of five. And a happy International Women's Day to the ladies!  

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