Isol-aid – Olympia

With her current album Flamingo (2019) garnishing ongoing critical acclaim, Melbourne’s Olympia dazzled the world in her Isol-Aid set on Saturday 11 April 2020.

Streaming from her lounge room in what can only be described as the best Isol-Aid set design ever, Olympia dressed from neck to thigh in blue was surrounded by pink sheets and plastic from ceiling to floor. With guitar in hand, she launched into a five-song set that included three songs from FlamingoTwo Hands, Nervous Riders and Come Back – a cover of Robbie Williams Feel and Smoke Signals from her debut album Self Talk (2016).

From the onset her undeniable talent was apparent. Her raw authenticity shone through the glitz and glamour, highlighting a stunning vocal range that overpowered the electric guitar in the best possible way.

Olympia appeared to be having so much fun in the moment that unbeknownst to her, she ran overtime and just kept playing. In what ended up an awesome ‘fade to black’ moment, the cameraman slowly dropped a piece of paper emblazoned with rainbows in front of the camera like a stage curtain as Olympia played her guitar to the end of the stream.

It is five-star sets like these that truly make me miss seeing live music.

Live Review By Anita Kertes

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