ARTIST OF THE WEEK: No.453 - Olivesque

After originally making a name for herself as part of Manchester-based trio Nightbus, North Yorkshire's Olive Rees continues her newly unveiled Olivesque project with the stunning new single 'Death'.

Arriving in the wake of her recently shared debut effort 'Alice' earlier this year, 'Death' sees her continue that warm and dreamy shoegaze-inspired aesthetic she is building for herself. With her beautifully rich and immersive voice layered across a shimmering production from start to finish, she is quickly cementing herself as one of the more alluring names on the rise so far this year.

Speaking about the new offering, she said, “This was written in peak lockdown and I feel like lyrically I was taking the piss out of my situation in a very romantic but dark way. It started out as a bassline that I had written in my first year of university and labelled ‘Wolf Alice bassline.’ Fast-forward to March 2020 I had begun demoing my own songs on Garage-band - mostly as a coping mechanism during the pandemic. The lyrics are very reflective of that period and my mindset towards it. There’s something about darkness and melancholy that I really enjoy - rather than finding its depth intimidating, I find it a beautiful thing to sit with and there was a lot of that during the pandemic. There’s a sinister comedic twist to the narrative that is essentially saying take me to hell because it can’t be any worse than this reality. What’s ironic is that summer was actually the best summer of my entire life.”

Have a listen to 'Death' in the player below.