Introducing 19 year old singer songwriter Odette
Download / stream debut single Watch Me Read You HERE
Odette is a 19 year old singer songwriter hailing from Sydney’s inner west. She signed to EMI Music at just 17, and has spent the last two years crafting her debut album. The first taste drops this week in the form of lead single, ‘Watch Me Read You’, complete with Josh Harris (Middle Kids, Gang Of Youths) directed video. View HERE.
‘Watch Me Read You’ consists of pared-back arrangements, compelling and assertive vocals, and a passionate lyric. Completely in love with story-telling, Odette’s objective is very simple – “I just want to communicate how intensely I see things, I suppose.”
“Processing emotion is a common theme throughout a lot of my songs,” explains Odette, “Music has been a way for me to discuss and kind of analyse emotions and things from a different perspective, rather than just feeling it.”
The syncopated, spoken-word verses in ‘Watch Me Read You’ serve to emphasise this. “The turning pages of an epic, dissected hallucinogenic. Black coffee addict life ended, lies cold, on that metal tray,” she spits out delicately and confidentially; her astute and worldly-wise songwriting belying her youth.
Her South African mother introduced her to African music, soul, funk and rhythm; while her English father, hailing from a long line of jazz pianists, introduced her to new wave and jazz and passed on his musical talents.
Odette’s songs are deeply personal and see her move from spoken word into warm, soulful vocals, with arrangements circling soul, jazz and pop. It’s no wonder she’s caught the eye of producers and songwriters like Charlie Hugall (Florence and the Machine, Ed Sheeran, Kaiser Chiefs), Jason Cox (Blur, Gorillaz, Jamie T), Alex Hope (Troye Sivan, Broods) and Paul Mac (The Dissociatives, Silverchair), all of whom clamoured to work with her over the past year and a half, alongside LA-based, Grammy nominated Damian Taylor (Bjork, The Prodigy, The Killers, UNKLE), who produced her forthcoming album.
Download / Stream Watch Me Read You HERE
“This is one to watch I reckon” Zan Rowe, triple j Mornings
“Sometimes you hear a song and it just stops you and you go who wrote this? I need to know everything about them” Linda Marigliano, triple j Good Nights
Odette will perform live on the following dates:
Tuesday, 5th September, Heya Bar 9:10PM – 9:40PM
Wednesday, 6th September, The Elephant Hotel 9:00PM – 9:30PM
EMI New Music Night at Rolling Stone’s Live Lodge:
Tuesday, 3rd October from 8:00PM