Anglo-Italian singer-songwriter Olivia Sebastianelli earned a number of glowing comparisons to the likes of Bat For Lashes, The xx and Stevie Nicks following the release of her debut single ‘Rose of Stone’ earlier this year, which was released as a free download. Olivia is now poised to build on that initial acclaim with the release of her first EP ‘Perfect Getaway’ on September 9th.
Produced by Dan Weller (Enter Shikari, Young Guns) and mixed by Chris Sheldon (Foo Fighters, Biffy Clyro), the lead track ‘Perfect Getaway’ contrasts the dreamy, ethereal atmospherics of ‘Rose of Stone’ with a vibrant surge of pop melody and summery melancholy.
“’Perfect Getaway is about getting away from a stressful situation and escaping to be on your own” she explains. “It was one of the first songs I wrote, so it’s nice to give old songs a rebirth.”
The EP also features a live version of ‘Perfect Getaway’, new track ‘Despite the Day’ and a cover of Biffy Clyro’s ‘Black Chandelier’. Recently seen on tour with singer-songwriter Nina Nesbitt, last month saw Olivia Sebastianelli play her first major festival when she took to the stage at Rockness. She’s confirmed to play the following shows this summer:
29th – London, Candy Bar – Chick Habit
2nd – Dundee, University
14th – Portsmouth, Southsea Festival
8th – Brighton, The Haunt (supporting Nina Nesbitt)
9th – Oxford, o2 Academy (supporting Nina Nesbitt)
10th – London, KOKO (supporting Nina Nesbitt)
11th – Norwich, Waterfront (supporting Nina Nesbitt)
13th – Newcastle, Academy 2 (supporting Nina Nesbitt)
15th – Aberdeen, Lemon Tree (supporting Nina Nesbitt)
16th – Glasgow, o2 ABC (supporting Nina Nesbitt)
17th – Manchester, Academy 2 (supporting Nina Nesbitt)
19th – Nottingham, Rescue Rooms (supporting Nina Nesbitt)
20th – Leeds, Cockpit (supporting Nina Nesbitt)
21st – Birmingham HMV, Institute Library (supporting Nina Nesbitt)
“Olivia’s voice carries a richness and an intensity beyond her years.” – The Sun
“A rich, huskily emotive voice that belies her years.” – The Guardian
“A windswept Bat For Lashes.” – The Times
“Achingly emotive tunes.” – The Daily Star
“Dark, haunting soundscapes; a vastly ambitious Bat For Lashes-style of song writing.” – DIY
Olivia Sebastianelli is inspired by female icons such as Chrissie Hynde, Deborah Harry and Edie Sedgwick as much as she is by Elvis Costello, Johnny Cash and Alice in Chains. She was signed to a major label at just 17 years old, yet she chose to leave the deal after being unenthused by their plans to turn her into the next Katy Perry.
Instead, she focused on honing her own craft as a songwriter, tackling all manner of issues, from the suffering endured by immigrants in the almost grungey ‘Despite The Day’, which features on the new EP, to the album track ‘Radiant Breech’, which concerns “the bravery of the people” during 2011’s Arab Spring. She wrote the latter because, typically forthright, she didn’t believe anyone had penned a decent protest song since punk.
With The Kinks’ legend Ray Davies already a fan (“He came up to me after a gig and told me my songs were hauntingly beautiful. That’s quite a feat coming from him”), Olivia Sebastianelli is going to be a name to remember. You’re going to be hearing it a lot – especially when her entirely self-written debut album is released next year.